'We knew that we needed to help': School girls raise over £1,000 in charity walk from Soham to Newmarket
Five students from Soham Village College have raised more than £1000 after taking part in a sponsored walk from Soham to Newmarket to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease.
Ellen, Jaimee, Millie, Cara and Miesha were inspired by a talk at their school from the Alzheimer’s Society, and decided that they wanted to do something to help.
The girls braved the cold for the walk on December 19 alongside tutor Krystal Sturman, from a 10-week programme called The Generation Game.
The scheme, run by The Connections Bus Project, has seen the pupils learn new skills and build their confidence in order to become a good visitor to the elderly.
As part of the course, young people, aged 13 to 19, have received basic first aid training and attended a dementia friend’s information evening.
The girls said: “This is a charity very close to our hearts. We knew that we needed to help in whatever way we can.”
The charity offers support to carers and people directly affected by the disease.
Mr Pearce, assistant principal at Soham Village College, said: “The school is so proud that these students have organised this walk for such an excellent charity.
“It is yet another example of how young people from Soham Village College make positive contributions to their local community.”