STAFF from Weymouth Sea Life Park took on a 20-mile stretch of the Jurassic Coast to raise funds for charity.

Employees from the Weymouth attraction were joined by colleagues from across the UK as a team of around 60 made the trek in two stages to raise funds for the Sea Life Trust.

The new trust has been launched to support a wide range of crucial marine conservation causes.

The Sea Life Trust is set to benefit to the tune of around £8,000, some of which will go towards its first campaign to get the shipment of whale products through EU posts made illegal.

As well as the Weymouth staff, the team of walkers included those from London, Cornwall and Birmingham as they took on the first leg from Durlston to Kingston.

The Weymouth Sea Life Park laid on an evening of entertainment including food and live music before most of the walkers bedded down for the night among the fishes in the various Sea Life display pods. The next morning they completed the trek, walking the stretch of the Jurassic Coast from Kimmeridge Bay to Durdle Door.

As well as trying to help end whaling, the Sea Life Trust will work to tackle plastic pollution, support marine protected zones and aid conservation efforts for sharks, turtles and seahorses as well as many other causes.

Sea Life marketing executive Jamie said the efforts of the walkers would help boost the work of the new trust.

He said: “We have over £100,000 in the fighting fund and the walk will provide another useful injection.”