Going for Ingoldisthorpe

Parents attempt the National 3 peaks challenge to raise money for much needed space.

A group of intrepid West Norfolk parents are training hard for the 3 Peaks Challenge to raise vital funds for their local school. They will summit the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in 24 hours from dusk on 31st August, walking over 37kms, climbing a total of over 10,000ft and driving 1830kms.

The completion of the challenge will help secure two exciting new developments for Ingoldisthorpe Primary: an outdoor log cabin classroom which will provide much needed space at their children's school and a stage piano to strengthen the school's music provision. A log cabin to match the existing classrooms will cost around £8000 to buy and site on the school field. It will offer the school space for Music Lessons which are an important part of the curriculum, along with room for Art, Reading and intervention sessions for small groups of children.

The group of 9 parents initially formed in September last year via the #schoolrunrun campaign to try and get parents active together. One of the regular runners Lexy Ridgway suggested the challenge as a great way to raise money for the school and so the parents will make their 24 hour attempt of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon with the School Secretary driving and feeding the team.

Headteacher, Sean Wright, said: "Funding-raising is such an important part of education in today's ever-changing landscape. It's wonderful to see so many parents, staff and children committing their time, energy and skills to benefit our school community."

This Friday, 22nd June, the school is hosting its annual Music Evening from 6-9pm, which is open to the whole Ingoldisthorpe community to raise funds for the project. It will feature performances from pupils, teachers and parents. The team will be on hand at the event to encourage people to get involved with the 3 peaks campaign in the run-up to the challenge and to donate. Purchase your ticket by contacting the school office.

Taking the challenge is not only promoting a healthy lifestyle, a sensible approach to exercise but also raising money for a local cause. Click here for the group's gofund me page and any businesses that would like to sponsor the team are encouraged to get in contact to have their logo displayed at the top of each peak on a banner. Follow the team by searching for the handle #going-for-ingoldisthorpe on Social Media!