PAST and present pupils and staff from Solihull School joined forces to raise £60,000 in aid of Sri Lanka’s poorest people.
The 18-strong team, known as Team Solihull, took on the 53km Costwold Way challenge which sees participants walk, run, jog around the Costwolds for charity.
The group raised funds for Assist RR UK and IMHO USA, which run cataracts camps, complete with volunteer doctors, to help Sri Lankans suffering from the eye condition.
Team Solihull’s leader and head of Solihull Prep School, Mark Penney, signed the group up to the one-day Action Ultra Challenge event.
They started the hilly trek at 8.40am and finishing 15 hours later, just after midnight.
Mark said: “From the minute we suggested our latest fundraising idea, colleagues were eager to sign up.
“The team quickly grew and we began our training walks.
“This special group of people achieved something very special.
“Whilst the event was physically challenging, the camaraderie and positivity from Team Solihull was outstanding and the support of the school community was extraordinary.
“Our sincere and grateful thanks to all who contributed, it’s been an unforgettable experience and the proceeds will transform the lives of over 2,000 people immeasurably.”
The Penney family and the Solihull School community have supported both charities over a number of years, raising funds for educational, medical and livelihood projects across the poorest parts of Sri Lanka.