YOUNGSTERS at The Purbeck School have pledged to run 6000 miles from Wareham to Rwanda in the school's latest fundraising campaign.

The Purbeck School supports The Peace and Hope Initiative in Rwanda, a charity that believes every child should be able to go to school without the fear of hunger or sickness and that every poor child has an education.

The money raised so far by students has helped to decorate and finish classrooms for the Rwandan children, buy books, resources and a projector for the school.

Now, pupils, parents and staff are set tot take on a gruelling challenge to raise further funds.

Joint organisers, Mr Basford and Mr Hopwood said: "We would like students to be sponsored by all the people around them to do this run or walk, and all that sponsorship money will be given to help Peace and Hope continue their fantastic work.

"It doesn’t matter whether you run 1 mile or 100 miles, whether it’s fast or slow, every little bit that you can do will help."

The aim is to complete a total of 6000 miles of sponsored running and walking, which is the distance it would take to run from Purbeck all the way to the Peace and Hope Academy.

Assistant Headteacher, Simon Holmes said: "I have been fortunate to see first hand the huge difference that we have helped to make, and witness the gratitude and joy of teachers and children there.

"'PurbeckRunToRwanda' is a wonderful project and we thank everyone who runs, walks and donates funds."

Students can take part by collecting a sponsorship form and seeking donations for the distance they have chosen to run.

Other activities will be happening in school to help the fundraising, including a non-uniform day.

The sponsorship period until June 25.

For progress updates and further information, visit the school website or follow the campaign hashtags #PurbeckRunToRwanda and #MakeUpTheMiles.