Southsea students pile on the pounds for charity trek at Queen Elizabeth Country Park

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MORE than 350 students and staff from St John’s College have braved a seven-mile walk for worthy causes.

The challenge, held at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, was in aid of raising £5,000 for Help for Heroes and the Lasallian Developing World Project.

Students from the Upper School took part, including overseas students from Abu-Dhabi, Norway and Spain.

Year Eight student Jon Henry-Thomson, 13, carried rocks weighing a quarter of his body weight over the course of the walk.

With his backpack weighing 15kg, he set off with friend Matt Thomas, 13, who helped share the load.

Jon said: ‘At first the pack seemed light, but as I walked further the bag became heavier and heavier, so I was grateful for my friends’ help!

‘The walk was fun, but tiring. It was worth it because I raised over £50 for a very good cause.’

Walkers set off in stages starting with Year 7 at 10am and Year 10 students at 10.30am.

All participants had completed the trail by 1pm, and were rewarded with hot dogs and beefburgers at the finish line.

The event supported LDWP as it aims to build classrooms and workshops for schools overseas.