SCHOOLGIRLS raised thousands for charity when they set off on a hike over the South Downs last week.

Burgess Hill Girls senior school pupils set off from Clayton Village, over the South Downs, and back into Lewes to raise money for Children in Need.

A team of 96 students managed to raise almost £4,000 with their charity walk ,which they completed last Friday.

Organiser Deleece Tapping said: “As a result of lockdown and walking with families, the girls were much better walkers then several years ago when we did this.

“Some 96 girls walked from Clayton Rec up the hill to the windmills then along the top to Lewes.

“They kept themselves going by munching on sweets and snacks and we had a round of happy birthday for two of the girls with birthdays when we stopped at Ditchling Beacon for a rest.

“We are almost on £4,000 so it was a great effort by all. Now the girls asked if we could do this every Friday.”

The Argus: The girls before their long hikeThe girls before their long hike

And back at the prep school, the younger girls raised their own funds with sponsored dressing up in yellow and spots and making Pudsey Bear Christmas cards.

Prep school teacher Sue Collins said: “The girls had a great day. Our target of £500 has been smashed and we have done £884 raised so far!”

Headteacher Liz Laybourn said: “The girls put in a great effort and it felt fantastic that this year we were able to help Children In Need after the disruptions of the last 18 months.”

Overall, the girls raised £3,880 for the charity but are still hoping to reach their target of £5,000.

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