Walking to help village

Students and staff from Bedlingtonshire Community High School arrive at Tynemouth at the end of their charity walk.
Students and staff from Bedlingtonshire Community High School arrive at Tynemouth at the end of their charity walk.
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Students from Bedlingtonshire Community High School put their best foot forward in their efforts to help an impoverished rural village in South Africa.

The pupils will be heading to the village in the province of KwaZulu Natal for three weeks next June as part of their continued efforts to help villagers.

So far they have raised more than £800 to purchase much needed computer equipment and are hoping to install an internet connection during their visit.

And last weekend they continued their fundraising efforts by taking part in a 20km charity walk from Bedlington to Tynemouth, completing it in just under six hours.

Other fundraising events include a Christmas market, charity climb up Ben Nevis and a Burn’s Night supper.

Year 11 student Ellie Eades said: “I just want to get out there and help any way I can.”

Assistant headteacher Will Close-Ash said: “We sent our first team of students to help renovate classrooms in the village of iNsonge in 2012 and since then, we’ve developed a special relationship with the village.”