Malvern College students evade the Hunters to hit the jackpot for school's chosen charity - The Worcester Observer
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17th Aug, 2022

Malvern College students evade the Hunters to hit the jackpot for school's chosen charity

Rob George 4th Jul, 2022

STUDENTS from Malvern College showcased their talents for evading capture in the school’s charity version of the hit Channel 4 show Hunted.

More than 20 young people attempted to evade capture on the Malvern Hills as part of the challenge.

Doing their very best to stay undetected from staff hunters, drones and search and rescue dogs, 22 lower sixth students battled against a torrential downpour in a bid to triumph and bank money for a charity of their choice.

Ahead of the event, students worked tirelessly to raise funds, which was pooled into the winning duo’s charity jackpot.

The challenge, which took place over the weekend, even saw a dramatic helicopter extraction, which was also paid for through students’ fund-raising efforts.

Jay Watts, head of outdoor pursuits at Malvern College, said the event helped to build young people’s confidence and resilience, as well as enhance their problem-solving skills.

“The Hunted event is one of the highlights of Malvern College’s calendar. It’s renowned for not only being an immense challenge for pupils but actually really fun too,” he said. “It also serves a real purpose for our young people – as the students are taken off campus to descend into the Malvern Hills to go under the radar – in the hope of remaining undetected for the duration of the challenge, it requires them to not only think creatively but also plan ahead and problem-solve.

“The helicopter was a particular draw for many of the students, who took part, as it added to the excitement and rush for them.”

Winners of the Hunted event were Mary Needham and Harriet Sneyd from Ellerslie House.

“There were some truly staggering performances from all teams in the attempt to evade the hunters – and not only that, a fantastic sum was raised for Plan International, Ellerslie’s chosen charity,” Mr Watts added.

Last month, Year 10 Remove students also took part in the school’s annual Lost challenge, which saw them blindfolded and driven 50 kms away from the school – without maps or any electronic devices – in order for them to navigate their way back to campus within 24 hours.

Mr Watts said: “What students tend to realise is that most people are lovely and want to go out of their way to be helpful, if they are asked in a polite and friendly manner.

“Our Lost and Hunted events have been a huge success and make me feel proud to work at such a fantastic place with such wonderful pupils and staff.”

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