Students go round-the-clock in charity challenge

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Two teams of sports students at West Suffolk College are celebrating after completing a 24-hour sponsored sports challenge that raised more than £2,000 for charity.

The 38 exhausted students from the Level 3 Sport Extended Diploma at the Bury St Edmunds-based college only took one 45 minute sleep break, and had very brief rest periods between sessions of rowing, running and pedaling.

They took on the round-the-clock challenge to benefit four charities: CLIC Sargent, Bury Bombers Wheelchair Basketball Club, West Suffolk Autism and Help For Heroes.

The event took place in the Gateway building on the main campus site from 10am last Thursday to 10am on Friday.

Competitor Nadine Basson, 19, from Bury St Edmunds said: “It’s been fun, good but challenging.

“We’ve all supported each other and helped each other get through the night.”

Sports student Tom Driscoll, 17, from Bury St Edmunds added: “Any difficultly we’ve had is insignificant to the difficulties faced by the people our chosen charities support.”

The two teams of 19 students competed against each other to cover the most distance through the three activities as well as to make the most money for their charities.

Harry Shaplan, 17, from Bury St Edmunds decided to go a step further and shave his head to raise extra money for the charities.