STUDENTS from Highbury College have completed a 30-mile walk across the South Downs to raise money for a project that helps Royal Marines injured in combat.
Students from the public service course raised more than £350 by walking a course designed to mimic the final Commando test recruits face to become Royal Marines.
The proceeds go towards funding the Fisher House Project – a multi-sports rehabilitation facility designed to aid the recovery of marines who have been seriously wounded in conflict.
The 12 students set out from the college at 6am, accompanied by two Royal Marines.
The route took them along a bridlepath known as the ‘Denture’, across the South Downs Way to the top of Harting Hill, before ending in Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
Thomas Mitchell, 19, said: ‘We did some parts of the route by speed marching and jogging, so it was physically demanding.
‘I’m hoping to join the marines myself and I have family in the forces, so it was worth the effort to raise money for such a good cause.’
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