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Solihull students marathon walk raises money for Gambian school

Solihull Editorial 25th Sep, 2023   0

GENEROUS students from Solihull Sixth Form College have been raising money for a school in West Africa by walking a marathon.

Year 13 students Hannah Barr, Alys McLoughlin and Emma Hobbins walked a distance of 42.6km from Solihull to Hatton Locks and back in nine hours.

They have raised £1,400, which will go to the Abuko Lower Basic School and Nursery, located near the capital city Banjul in The Gambia.

The three students are among 25 who are part of the College’s Team Gambia volunteer project this year.

Each participating student has been set a target to raise £400 each and they have a host of creative ideas to do this, including bake sales, raffles, car boot sales and more.

A quiz night has also been held to raise money for this project – current and past staff joined parents for a general knowledge quiz with a musicals twist back in July, with all money raised also going towards the school.

Heading up the project is College Vice Principal Janice Hamilton, who said: “We started Team Gambia 10 years ago and we’ve raised more than £60,000 for the Abuko Lower Basic School and Nursery over the years.

“That’s been enough to build an entire new floor for the school and fund teachers and resources.

“The fundraising is just part of the project – I’ve taken more than 150 students out to West Africa in the last 10 years to work in the school and it’s a life enhancing experience for them all.

“They can see just what good their fundraising does and develop skills that will boost their own progression opportunities.”

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