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Dusk Till Dawn

EDITED BLUR 200As dusk fell over King Ethel­bert School in Birch­ing­ton on Fri­day 16th June, 45 stu­dents from Eagles House and 6 mem­bers of staff began a marathon 12 hour ‘stay awake and lock-​in’ chal­lenge in the sports hall from 8pm until 8am the fol­low­ing morn­ing. Fol­low­ing the over­whelm­ing suc­cess of their KES to Paris exploits last year, stu­dents signed up once again for a phys­i­cal and men­tal chal­lenge, rais­ing money through spon­sor­ship for both Barnardo’s Children’s Char­ity and also in-​school projects being under­taken by Eagles House in the future. Dur­ing the twelve hours the stu­dents, who had been divided into four groups rotated every 15 minute peri­ods through four zones in the sports hall con­sist­ing of tram­polin­ing, dodge­ball, bas­ket­ball and a mind/​rest zone where they could com­plete brain-​training activ­i­ties or sim­ply eat, drink and catch a bit sleep. As dusk become night the ini­tial energy burst soon became a gru­elling task as the chil­dren and staff pushed on through the night, and even the delight of reach­ing the half-​way point was still met with the real­ity that it was still only 2am! Tired­ness kicked in for some from 5am onwards on Sat­ur­day morn­ing and even­tu­ally sleep for a few was inevitable, but over­all the chil­dren did excep­tion­ally well and were greeted by glo­ri­ous sun­shine as they left with par­ents escort­ing them home for some well deserved sleep and rest. Spon­sor money is still being col­lected but it is hoped that Eagles House will eas­ily exceed its fundrais­ing tar­get of £500. Any­one wish­ing to donate to this cause can do so by vis­it­ingwww​.just​giv​ing​.com/​f​u​n​d​r​a​i​s​i​n​g​/​k​e​s​-​e​a​g​l​e​s.

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