- Written by Mr N Knight
As 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.justgiving.com/fundraising/kes-eagles.