Fancy dress walk raises money for homeless charity

_RF_0746 - credit Graham Franks WEBSeaford College staged another charity fancy dress walk last weekend. More than 40 participants, all in some sort of fancy dress, set out from the boarding house straight after the Remembrance Day Service for lunch at Graffham. Despite the poor weather, following lunch 16 of them continued on over the South Downs towards the Woodstock Suites hotel complex in Charlton for teas and coffees. The event has so far raised £650 for the College’s charity of the term, Stonepillow, which supports local homeless people.

This was the latest in a series of fundraising endeavours organised this year by housemaster Matthew Pitteway. Earlier in 2015, he completed both the London Marathon and Brighton Marathon in the space of just two weeks. In June he undertook the Round the Island Challenge, completing the 100km circuit of the Isle of Wight by bike.

Later in the summer, along with pupils from his boarding house he finished the gruelling endurance event The Commando Challenge at Lympstone, the training facility of the Royal Marines, raising £1,600 for The C Group, a charity that supports Marines injured in action. He was also part of the Seaford College team that completed the National Three Peaks Challenge, climbing the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in less than 24 hours.

“It was a tough walk, a bit more of a challenge than in previous years,” said Matthew. “It was a real community event, bringing together the Church, pupils, parents, sisters, brothers, parents, an alumnus, and a West Sussex charity.”

In January, Matthew will oversee a sponsored sleep out, with pupils sleeping rough in the school’s Walled Garden to raise money and understanding of the implications of homelessness.

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