BARNSLEY College students walked the equivalent of the height of Everest in a bid to raise money for charity.

The public services students walked 8,848 metres up and down the college steps and raised £1,729 for the Barnsley Hospital Charity Covid-19 appeal.

Students also completed a 5k run, a 10k walk, and held raffles and quizzes to help raise the funds.

Ezra Winterbottom, a level 3 public services student, said: “The charity week was very enjoyable, it put a fun twist on doing a fundraiser. In my opinion, the donation was very well received and any kind of input always helps.

“Especially in these times, it was amazing to see that people could still come together to do something good for the community and it taught me that no matter what the circumstances, everybody can contribute and make a change.”

Laura Wood, public services course leader at the college, added: “It is imperative in such a challenging and struggling time that we, as a community, come together to support each other in times of crisis.

“Never before have we faced such a crisis that has affected every aspect of our lives, however, together we will overcome this situation and sooner rather than later we can get back to some normality in our community.”