A GROUP of Wycliffe College students have raised more than £4,000 to help a former pupil tackle his new life.
Twenty-four prefects and heads of house gave up their weekends to take part in a Big Brother event in aid of Rob Camm.
Rob, a former student of the Stonehouse School, was injured in a serious car accident last year. He is now a tetraplegic and uses a wheelchair.
The 20-year-old from Dursley hopes to begin university in the autumn and his former school is aiming to raise £20,000 for him - so far it has raised £6,392.
The Big Brother event, which was organised by head prefect Joe Dunne, was broadcast live to students, staff and parents.
Students were given challenges and evictions were carried out throughout the weekend until only five remained. Then students and staff voted on the final evictions and Charlie Hitchcock was named the winner.
“Some people were keen to get out quickly. We had a big glass window in the room we were using and we could see everyone else kicking about footballs and enjoying the nice weather,” said Joe.
“We’re so happy with the amount we raised. We never thought we would achieve that.
"It has involved a lot of hard work but the amount raised will make such a difference to Rob and that’s our ultimate cause.”
A group of Wycliffe parents have also arranged Run4Rob on Saturday, May 31 with the aim of raising £20,000 to help purchase specialised equipment for Rob.
People can take part by walking or running any distance up to 26 miles from the starting point at the college in Bristol Road.
For more details of the day or to register your intention to participate by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Rob and his family have thanked staff and students for their support.
“Thank you to everyone who made donations and to all those who took part and everyone behind the scenes who made the Big Brother event possible. We have been truly overwhelmed by your support and kindness.”
For more information go to www.cammpaign4rob.co.uk.