Students’ help for Heroes

MOST students might breathe a sigh of relief when they finish their GCSE examinations and spend the summer relaxing.

But not a group of 10 hardy students from Chulmleigh Community College, who are planning a 100-mile sponsored walk through the Pyrenees to raise money for Help for Heroes.

The idea came to the students when they were discussing what they could do to follow last year’s successful Ten Tors entry.

They hit on the idea of walking the Pyrenees and during their research discovered that part of the route was used by people escaping from Vichy, France in the Second World War.

Group member Rob Hill is hoping to join the Army and other members have relations in the Forces or who were ex-Services.

So for the next five months the 10 will not only be revising for their GCSEs, they will be fundraising for the expedition and training for the physical test they will face.

As well as Rob, the group consists of Zoe Lane, Hamish Inglis, Maddy Kingman, Josie Spence, Tara Penter, Holly Moser, James Laarveld, Luke Weston and Emily Butler.

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Hamish said: “The group is made up from a mix of those who did the Ten Tors last year and some reserves. We wanted to do something this year and we came up with the idea of doing part of the Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago de Compostela.”

Zoe said: “The whole trip will last around 10 days and we will be walking for about four days, so we have to prepare for both the heat and the altitude.”

The students are planning the entire expedition themselves, with a little help from staff at the college, who will be accompanying them.

They have already embarked on a series of fundraising events, making and selling 200 pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and, earlier this month, baking cakes and selling them in school, raising nearly �90.

A car wash during the Mothering Sunday’s service at Jubilee Church in Nymet Rowland raised �140. They are also planning an Easter bingo, a family games night with bingo, soup and a raffle and a staff car wash.There will also be other events outside college in the students’ home communities.

The students are also approaching local businesses to ask if they will help. They also have a website -

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