Totton College students to raise money for charities with 24 hour sports marathon

8 February 2016 11:02

Public Services students from Totton College will this week be raising money for two charities that support injured and disabled people who have worked in public service.

The students will be holding a 24 hours Sports Marathon to raise as much money as possible for Blind Veterans UK and PC David Rathband's Blue Lamp Foundation. The group of 25 current students will be joined by five former students from the college and they will be rotating teams to ensure a continuous stream of sports play, including football, rugby, volleyball and badminton, among 13 different games.

The Sports Marathon will begin on February 11 at 09:00 at Blighmont Territorial Army Centre in Southampton and will carry on until 09:00 the following day.

The students have set themselves the target of raising £3,500 to be split equally between Blind Veterans UK and the Blue Lamp Foundation. As well as holding the 24 hour Sports Marathon, the team will also be enduring a leg waxing for male students and staff to raise some extra funds.

Jake Lambe, 18 and from Nursling, is one of the students taking part in the challenge. He says: "On the Public Services course, the second year students are given the task of deciding on, organising, planning and undertaking a charity event. This year, we wanted to really push ourselves to the mental and physical limit to hopefully raise as much as possible for these two brilliant charities.

"A group of us recently visited the Blind Veterans UK centre in Brighton and spoke to some of the veterans the charity supports. Both Blind Veterans UK and the Blue Lamp Foundation make a huge difference to the lives of people who have served their country. That's why we're all so passionate about raising money for them."

PC David Rathband's Blue Lamp Foundation raises money to provide support to aid physical and emotional wellbeing for Emergency Services personnel who have been injured in the line of duty.

You can sponsor the team of students by visiting