School steps out on charity walk

ABOUT 1,100 students and 150 staff put their best foot forward on Saddleworth School’s annual sponsored walk.

On Wednesday, July 17 the large group pulled on their walking boots for the trek from Saddleworth School in Uppermill and going across to Binn Green and Chew Clough.

They circled Dovestone Reservoir in Greenfield before returning to school via the same route.

Every child was asked to raise at least £10 in sponsorship money, with many exceeding that amount and every child fit enough to do so participated.

One young man completed quite a significant part of the course on his mobility scooter because he didn’t want to miss out.

Executive Headteacher Matthew Milburn said: “This walk has quickly become an end of term tradition at the school.

“It encourages the children to appreciate the local countryside, to gain some exercise and to raise funds for charity.

“Huge thanks to all those who took part and in particular Mr Pollard and our Home School Leaders who helped to plan the walk and ensured every child returned safe and sound, if a little tired!

“We are very grateful to local farmers and residents who allowed us access through and past their land. Special thanks to Estate Manager Rodger Marriot for allowing both access on foot and for our support vehicles.

“We have already had a great deal of positive feedback from the public about the manner in which our students conducted themselves, and some have also given generously towards the funds we are raising for charity.

“The final group swept up, doing a litter pick and collecting any rubbish left by absent minded children or other walkers who had used the route.”

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