Elephant walk by Sidmouth Infants pupils aids wildlife

Sidmouth school joins Walk to Live attempt to set new record for most people walking at the same time

THERE may not have been an elephant in the room on Friday, but there were certainly dozens of them at The Knapp, Sidmouth.

The whole of Sidmouth Infants School took part in a Walk to Live sponsored walk from their Manstone Lane base to The Knapp, off Station Road, on Friday, as part of a Guinness World Record attempt to set a new record for the most people walking at the same time in an organised event.

The Sidmouth pupils and teachers were among more than 10,000 who took part from schools across the UK, who have, between them, raised more than �12,500 for the Jakarna Wildlife Trust, to help maintain wildlife patrols in Kenya.

Head teacher Hilary Williams said: “The walk went really well, everyone did it and we are in the process of collecting in the money.

“We had to be walking at 2pm to beat the Guinnes Book of Records attempt, but I have no idea how that went.”

She said the children, who wore T-shirts they decorated and carried elephant banners they made on the walk, enjoyed a picnic at The Knapp, and they were joined by Elma the elephant, made by some of the pupils.

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