PUPILS and staff at St Benedict's School, Ealing, have raised more than £5,000 for two charities, The Passage, which supports the homeless, and the Sarah Cannon Cancer Research Fund.

This was a sporting challenge for the entire school - for all pupils aged three to 18 and their teachers.

Shortly before half-term, everyone at St Benedict's was invited to run, walk or cycle a suggested minimum of 1km each.

Many exceeded this, covering five, 10 and even 100km individually, finding sponsors or donating money.

By the end of the two-week challenge, they had raised £5,016.68, collectively covering more than 4,000km!

Among the many outstanding efforts, sixth-formers Lily and Arabella walked the distance of a marathon together, while Alexander in Year 9 ran, cycled, walked and rowed 100.23km.

Junior School head Rob Simmons covered an impressive 373km.