Heartlands High School staff and students take on River Thames challenge ahead of trip to Ghana

Heartlands Primary School students completed a 26-mile wall along the River Thames earlier this mont

Heartlands Primary School students completed a 26-mile wall along the River Thames earlier this month. - Credit: Archant

An army of 115 staff and students from a Wood Green school have completed a 26-mile walk along the River Thames.

Heartlands Primary School students completed a 26-mile wall along the River Thames earlier this mont

Heartlands Primary School students completed a 26-mile wall along the River Thames earlier this month. - Credit: Archant

Heartlands High School’s sponsored walk – which saw the crew crossing 19 bridges – was to raise money for a trip to Ghana in July .

This summer 11 students – aged between 12 and 16 – will be travelling to Africa to help teach, complete sports coaching and build further facilities at a school in Shalom. The school’s main issue is a lack of classroom space meaning the majority of the students have to learn outside.

The challenge started on May 4 at 6am when the students travelled to Gunnersbury to start the walk at Kew Bridge – they finished 15 hours later at Tower Bridge.

Deputy headteacher Jon Nagle said: “The students finished the walk both exhausted but extremely proud of the achievement of covering a marathon distance at such a early age.

“The school think that the students will raise a staggering £3,500 form this event although the money is still rolling in. This will make a huge impact on them reaching their final £10,000 target.”