ENTHUSIASTIC students donned a wide range of costumes on Friday for the annual Steyning Grammar School Jail Break.
The 200 year-13 students were praised for their efforts, raising a total of £4,600 for Cancer Research UK.
Jessica Blake, the charity’s local fundraising manager, was there to witness the teenagers break out of their ‘jail’ and head off in their getaway vehicles.
“I am so impressed by the organisation and hard work that has gone into this event,” she said.
“It’s so fantastic to see such enthusiasm from both students and staff.“
A hearty breakfast for all involved set the ball rolling, before the convicts were ‘locked in’, surrounded by a crowd of students from years ten to 12.
Just before 9am, they broke out to cheers from the waiting crowd and dashed to a range of brightly-coloured getaway trucks, including tractors and trailers, buses, bicycles and space hoppers.
The convoy made its way along Steyning High Street, heading for Fletcher’s Croft car park, where younger students from the Church Street site were waiting to hand over their collection cash. They also visited Steyning Primary and Upper Beeding Primary schools.
While they were on the run, the convicts collected in towns across Sussex, including Southwick, Shoreham, Lancing and Sainsbury’s at Lyons Farm in Worthing.
Mrs Sally Randall, assistant head teacher, said staff, governors and parents were proud of the students, who had been tremendous ambassadors for the charity and the sixth-form college.
She added: “Our students have shown initiative, commitment and determination in making a positive difference to others through fundraising, and they have learned so much from this experience.”
The event takes place every year, ending in Horsham town centre, where sixth-form college musicians and a group of A2-level music students were playing in the bandstand. The money was then counted on the group’s return to school.
Learning leader Cathy McDonald-Bowyer said: “Each year, the students continue to impress us with their enthusiasm and endeavour.”