Photo 1: L-R, Mr Bunn, pupils Gary Cameron, George Christou, Jowe Condick and Mr Longfield.
Photo 2: Year 9 pupils with Miss Helen Rose, Kent Air Ambulance volunteer Chris Longfield and Castle Community College Principal Phillip Bunn.
Pupils at a Deal school lifted the equivalent of 227 Kent Air Ambulances in a weightlifting challenge which raised more than £400 for the life-saving charity.
A group of 22 Year 9 pupils at Castle Community College set themselves a target of trying to lift the 6,000lb weight of the helicopter each.
One of them, Hayden Shervill, lifted the equivalent of 35 twin-engine MD902 Explorers alone using a weight stack of 190lb.
Staff joined in the challenge by trying to lift the weight of the helicopter in the fastest time or in the fewest representations of one weight.
Head of Technology and Art Helen Rose said: “I am so proud of the pupils’ efforts, I never thought they could be so determined. The level of effort was amazing.”
By the end of the first tandem weight-lifting session, 34 helicopters had been lifted so the pupils set themselves a new target of 150 by the end of the day.
They again beat their target and amassed a grand total of 227 helicopters, watched by Kent Air Ambulance volunteer Chris Longfield.
He thanked them for their hard work and explained how their fundraising efforts helped the charity.
Two of the five classes in the Tiger Woods House raised a further £100 by selling home-made cakes while another collected £40 in 1p coins.
Year 7 pupils George Christou, Gary Cameron and Joe Condick also ran and cycled a total of 105 miles.
In total the youngsters are aiming to raise £600 from the events held on December 9th and can still be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/Helen-Rose9TW