Friends of Sandside Lodge School challenged themselves to complete this year’s first walk across the sands of Morecambe Bay.

The Guide over Sands Trust helped 65 people, including parents, teachers and members of staff from the school, navigate the sands safely.

On Saturday May 4, the group set off in ‘good spirits’ as they embarked on a three-hour walk.

Sandside supporters were also joined by two sixth-form students, Ben and Emily, who completed the full walk as Ben carried the charity flag.

The volunteers walked around seven miles, first following the headland before crossing the sands and heading towards the turn of the River Kent, which they waded through.

Katrina Staples, who took part in the walk at the weekend, said: “With the river about thigh deep, and extremely cold, we were all glad to get to the other side."

After crossing the river, the rest of the walk took them over the sands and back to Grange promenade.

Everyone was well looked after and kept safe by The Guide Over Sands team and their marshals who did an ‘excellent’ job of getting all 332 walkers across the bay.

Katrina said: “It was the first Bay Walk of the 2024 season, and although the weather in the morning wasn’t in our favour, by the time of the walk, the rain had cleared, and although not sunny, it was comfortable walking weather so didn’t damper our spirits.”

As a result of their fundraising efforts, and with the help of some generous donations, Friends of Sandside Lodge School managed to raise over £1,000, which will go towards supporting students.

The charity is still relatively small and new, run by just a handful of supporters who are hoping to complete many more fundraising activities in the future, which they will post about on their Facebook page.