A GROUP of North-Yorkshire students have raised £8,685 for charity through creative ways despite the challenges of Covid-19.

Ripon Grammar School Students touched by the tragic death of a London teenager and despite lockdown and social distancing rules, were able to hold non-uniform days, a sponsored Everest stair climb and a Christmas raffle.

The group also carried out sponsored walks and reads, raising £6,665 in cash donations in addition to a further £2,020 on JustGiving.

Sonia Watson, Blueprint for All chief executive, said: "Everybody at RGS should be incredibly proud of this outstanding achievement and for providing educational insight on racism."

Molly Crushing, head girl, said: "This year was the first time we haven't been able to do a normal Charity Week, so we had to be especially creative and adaptable to organise plenty of events to bring the school together behind this great cause while still sticking to all the guidelines.”

Thomas Wilkinson, head boy, said: "It has been a privilege to raise the money."