20th May 2019
After completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks back in February, staff from Hutton Rudby Primary School have now completed the national three peak challenge by climbing the UK’s three largest mountains.
Hutton Rudby School head teacher Matthew Kelly and four of his colleagues – Robert Johnson, Lucy Sors, Jennie Williams and Lucy Atkinson climed Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Snowdon in North Wales.
With the school having close links to Russ and his family, staff at the school wanted to raise money in memory of Russ and the Headlight project. Headteacher Matthew Kelly, said “Russ was the kindest, warmest and most generous person you could ever meet. He would have loved to do this challenge and the whole idea of it is that it is intense and high-profile so we can raise as much money as possible for what is such an important issue as mental health, and in memory of such an incredible man.”
He added that while his school is fortunate to have a trained mental health counsellor, many other schools are not in the same position.
“Mental health effects all walks of society and ages, and there is a lot more awareness about it nowadays,” he added.
Matthew said the fundraiser has captured the whole school’s imagination while boosting fitness levels in readiness for it.
“Our school motto and ethos is Working Together, and that’s exactly what this is all about,” he added.
“It’s out of our comfort zones and apparently teams end up having to run down Snowdon to finish in time.”