HUNDREDS of pupil took part in a charity 'rowathon' organised by their peers.

Bishop Wordsworth's School pupils raised money for Children in Need with members of the five houses rowing continuously for 24 hours, taking 15-minute shifts each.

Starting at 8am on Friday, January 26, pupils and staff were scheduled to row through the night.

More than £1,700 has been raised for the BBC Children in Need charity from teacher's funds, non-uniform day contributions and the £500 JustGiving goal had been surpassed before the challenge started.

Chair of the school's charity committee Homam Khasreen, 18, and Martival House captain Edward Klein, 17, along with teacher Andy Green started organising the fundraiser in October 2023.

Salisbury Journal: Prefects Homam Khasreen and Edward Klein organised the event.Prefects Homam Khasreen and Edward Klein organised the event. (Image: Salisbury Journal)

Edward said the trio "underestimated the magnitude" of the rowathon and it took a lot of planning but the day ran without a hitch.

Around 400 pupils and staff members were recruited to cover 240 hours of rowing but Edward and Homam were on standby to cover if someone couldn't attend.

Homam told the Journal: "We never thought it would run as smoothly as it has."

"People do feel like they are part of something really nice," added Edward.