Students from Kettering Science Academy have raised £11,110 for Cransley Hospice – more than doubling their original target of £5,000.
The youngsters took part in a sponsored walk on Friday, October 19, with 1,600 pupils walking a total of 6,600 miles.
Secondary school pupils walked six miles around the footpaths of Kettering and Warkton, while primary pupils completed laps of the school field or walked to Wicksteed Park.
They also completed a trial walk in July and raised money from mufti days.
Principal Martin Campbell revealed the final total in assemblies on Friday, November 23, where pupils cheered and clapped with delight.
He told them: “We thank you not just for the effort of walking but for collecting sponsorship – you should be very pleased and proud.”
Diana Patrick, the hospice’s fundraiser, joined the assembly to hear what the final amount was.
She told pupils: “Fundraisers aren’t often stumped for words and how do I say thank you for this?
“It’s absolutely amazing.
“You have embraced the hospice and also learnt about the work that goes on there, and that’s very important.
“From all the families we’re looking after – thank you very much.
“We are thrilled that KSA has chosen Cransley Hospice as a local charity to embrace with such a major fundraising initiative.
“It has been a delight to work with the school as a whole.”
Year 7 pupil Joe Watson raised £320 thanks to generous donations from family friends.
When Joe was five, his dad received support from the palliative team in the weeks before his death from a brain tumour.
Joe said: “I didn’t think I would raise even £100 but my brother gave me £70 and it just went from there.
“I think the school should do it every year because you can help people just by walking.”
James Harris, in Year 8, also raised £320 after his dad took his sponsor form into work at IVG White in Burton Latimer.
James said: “When he told people at work what I was doing, he found out that a lot of them have had family members in Cransley Hospice.
“I didn’t expect to raise much and I didn’t know what to say when I realised how much they’d sponsored me.
“I enjoyed doing the walk because you know you’re helping people when they’re at their worst point.”
Earlier this year, five pupils visited the hospice to find out about the work which goes on there and they later shared what they had learnt with the rest of their houses.
In today’s assembly, they read out an article written by the hospice’s patron, the Reverend Dr John Smith, which was published in the Northamptonshire Telegraph in support of the academy’s walk.
In the letter he said: “In a society that often seems to shout, ‘me, me, me’ it is good to know that the opposite is true – ‘you, you, you, it’s all about you, not me’.
“The word hospice literally means a resting place on a journey, a journey that, in the end, we must all make.
“The students at Kettering Science Academy and all our schools are on a journey too.
“A school, a walk, a journey, it all fits together – a life.”