A TEAM of pupils will be travelling to Portsmouth to rock out - but a final helping hand is being sought.

Robert May’s School, in West Street, Odiham, fielded a team in the UK Rock Challenge Southern division heats, being commended, but coming second.

However, the group has secured a place in the Southern Rock Challenge UK Final 2019, taking place in Portsmouth on Friday, and is now looking to obtain additional funding to cover all expenses.

The group had created a performance, combining acting, song and dance, which was based around the theme of mental health and what can happen if the signs are ignored.

Director and drama/PE teacher at the school Danika Vaughn said: “The group have worked so hard on the project, from coming up with the concept right the way through to making the set and were involved from the outset.

“The whole project is self-funded, and they are really excited.

“It is a real accolade to be going, and they really want to improve, as well as add more to their performance.”

In the final, the group must keep the same theme and music, but can refine the content and the sets in the background.

Danika added: “They were beyond elated when I told them that they would be going to the finals..

“Many of the group, especially the Year 11s, use this as a means of downtime between revision for exams.

“Now, I am looking to take a bit of pressure off them trying to fundraise the rest of the amount to cover the costs. They have already been bag-packing and raising money elsewhere.”

The group has raised enough money to get there and back, and to compete, but now the aim now is to recoup additional costs for costumes, props and sets which have had to be made for the show.

To donate, go to gofundme.com/help-robert-mays-pupils-attend-the-southern-finals.