Teachers’ inspirational challenge

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A TRIO of teachers from a school in Pill will be facing their fears and limitations by completing a gruelling trek to Mount Everest base camp.

Jeff Hutchens, aged 45, and 29-year-olds Ellie Schofield and Aimi Bisco will fly out to Nepal on March 22 for their challenge.

All three teach at St Katherine’s School in Ham Green and are hoping their trip will help to inspire drive and ambition in their pupils.

After a short stop in Kathmandu, they will fly directly on to the mountain to begin their 11-day trek.

They will reach their highest point of altitude on day nine, at just below 6,000m which is about two thirds of the altitude at Everest’s peak.


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By taking part in the challenge they will be raising money for the children’s charity, Future for Nepal, in the hope of giving something back to the communities facilitating their trek.

Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in Asia. By providing street children with a good education the charity hopes to give Nepal a better future.

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On their final day in the country, the teachers will visit the charity’s project sites in Kathmandu to see how funding is used.

Aimi, who is head of sixth form St Katherine’s School, said: “We truly believe it is our responsibility to set an example of courage and a blunt refusal to accept limitations.

“The students we work closely with every day are taking brave steps towards their own place in the world and we fully intend to use this experience to bring home to them the true value of self-belief.”

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