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Walk for Water: Three Peaks Challenge

Three Peaks, 40 kilometers of walking, 5200 feet of ascent and all in just 12 hours with a very important message and for a fantastic cause...

Update May 2017: The total is in and the team have raised £2300, smashing their target and setting a huge challenge for next year.  

In March 2017, a team of determined fundraisers set out to conquer the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge.  The 'Walk for Water' was the idea of this year's Student Leadership Team as they continued a tradition set in previous years to raise money for a worthwhile charity.  Last Year's team set a challenging target of £2000 with their Rafiki Chain campaign but the students were up for the challenge and set to work oragsnising a range of fundraising activities, the centre piece of which was this test of mental touchness and physical endurance.  

Their chosen cause was the WE charity, formerly known as Free the Children, the third consecutive year we have supported this international charity that partners with communities to help lift themselves out of poverty using a holistic, sustainable five-pillar development model which aims to provide education, water, health, food and opportunity.  Our group chose water as the focus of their campaign because it is not only fundamental to life but also something which is so often taken for granted in the developed world.  

Accompanied by a team of staff, the students set out on the this classic walk in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales which takes in the summits of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in a circular route.   The challenge did not stop there:  Millions of young children in Africa walk several miles every day for water which is very often unclean.  To help understand the plight of those people and to feel their daily struggle, the team carried a litre of water with them for the duration of day.  Under the supervision and monitoring of our staff, they did not allow themselves to drink from it until they were finished.  

Teams from Grange have taken on the 3 Peaks many times and it is not uncommon for people not to complete what is a physically and mentally challenging walk that very often finishes after dark.  This time though, the whole group made it all the way around, including Miss Howard, despite her walking boot disintegrating early on; something she will not live down for some time!  Not only did the team complete the challenge, but they also helped a lost group of walkers down the final descent after they had become disorientated in the dark! 

Mr Radcliffe who led the group said: “The team were an absolute credit from start to finish.  They took the lead on organising the event and gave it everything.  To see them helping those lost walkers down the final descent of Ingleborough after such a demanding day made us extremely proud and the group were so grateful and complimentary about the students.  These are the leaders of the future and exemplary ambassadors for our school.”  

The following week, the team and the staff were treated to tea and scones back at school with Miss Mander and Mr Morrissey to reward them for all of their hard work.