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County Upper staff members walk 50k in one day for charity




An annual school charity challenge which has raised over £300,000 since its inception has been kick-started by two staff members who walked 50k in one day.

Geography teacher Jen Bradbury and IT manager Ian Price, based at County Upper, took part in the challenge, which has been a regular fixture in the school calendar for almost 35 years.

The pair started from their homes in Bury St Edmunds before spending almost 12 hours walking around 10 neighbouring villages.

The whole walk took almost12 hours and Jen and Ian through 10 villages
The whole walk took almost12 hours and Jen and Ian through 10 villages

Jen said: “We knew that the charity challenge was going to be different this year so we wanted to do something to kickstart it.

“It was a bit of a struggle near the end, but we are pleased we completed the walk and would like to thank everyone who has donated so far.

“Raising a great sum of money was good for motivation and I think the students were impressed that we completed it.”

Jen and Ian outside County Upper
Jen and Ian outside County Upper

The £1,100 Jen and Ian raised will mostly go toward charity Beat, the UK eating disorder charity, while other money raised this year will go to support the NHS Charities Together and East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

The charity challenge is organised by the sixth form students, something headteacher Vicky Neale said they look forward to.

She said: “We were always going to do the charity challenge this year – students and staff were both adamant about that.

“It really is something the sixth form students look forward to and they gain so much from organising it.”

Jen said toward the end was 'a bit of a struggle'
Jen said toward the end was 'a bit of a struggle'

Next up on the challenge list is a charity camp-out before fundraising events, both virtual and physical, are held from Monday next week until Tuesday December 14. It is being led by Paul Fisher, head of sixth form.

If you would like to sponsor Jen and Ian's sponsored walk, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cus-50k

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