From ice skating to a donut eating challenge, the students at Bury St Edmunds’ County Upper School did everything to raise money for their annual charity appeal.
And on Friday they discovered it was worth the effort – to the tune of £15,236.
The school always keeps some in reserve, so that it can donate to sudden events, such as floods and earthquakes, but the rest has gone to four charities chposen by the students.
They picked East Anglian Children’s Hospices, CLIC Sargent, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, HCTP which gives pilgrimage holidays to Lourdes and Zena 10, the fund raising effort for St Nicholas Hospice Care in memory of Zena Butcher.
Head-teacher Vicky Beale said the bulk had been raised mostly in the last fortnight of term.
She added: “This is a demonstration of the County Upper spirit at it’s best.”
The events were organised by students, with the sixth form leading the school’s efforts.
Mrs Neale said, proudly, “When the sixth form go to university their rag week’s are nothing to them, because they’ve done it at County Upper.
“They did all kinds of lunchtime shows, various sponsored events for staff and students, car washing, cake sales, lot’s of waxings and various food and drinks challenges.”
There was also a charity ice skate, staff and student cake sales, collections at the school’s Christmas Concert and Carol Service and charity sports events.