Archie walks for autism charity

Archie walks for autism charity

Tottington High School year 7 pupil, Archie G recently raised over £500 for the National Autistic Society by walking over 5 kilometres around his local area in a sponsored event. We caught up with Archie’s mum, and she told us:

“The walk was supposed to take place in Manchester City centre, in an event called the Spectrum Night Walk. It’s arranged through the National Autistic Society which I have used a lot since Archie’s diagnosis in May 2018. We gathered our sponsor money through a Just Giving page and managed to raise £565 in total, which is fantastic seeing as we only put in an original target of £100!”

“Anyone who knows Archie, knows he doesn’t have the best stamina, so doing a 5km walk was quite a task for him, and he wanted to raise money for people who were just like him and raise awareness for autism too. Unfortunately, due to Covid, the walk was cancelled but we were encouraged to complete it within out local area. So that is exactly what we did. We had to track it on the running and cycling app Strava, and then I emailed the Spectrum Night Walk organisers a screenshot as evidence we had completed the 5km. Archie received a medal and t-shirt for completing it which he wears with pride.”

As a school we are immensely proud of Archie (pictured here with his medal), and he has met and chatted with our Headteacher, Ella Brett who congratulated him and rewarded him with a box of chocolates to enjoy over the half term break.

Well done Archie!!

Students climb Ben Nevis for mental health charity

Students climb Ben Nevis for mental health charity

Two of our adventurous students climbed the highest mountain in the United Kingdom to raise money for mental health charity MIND.

Siblings Amber in Year 10 and Harris, Year 7 wanted to climb to the summit of Ben Nevis located in Inverness-shire in Scotland, which is 1,345 metres above sea level and is the highest land in any direction for 459 miles. The pair had already climbed the highest peaks in Wales (Mt Snowdon) and England (Scarfell Pike), and were ready to face a new challenge.

When asked what motivated them to do it, they told us:

My dad lost his friend due to mental health issues and we all decided to raise £1000 for the charity MIND. We’d already done Scarfell Pike and Snowdon so we decided to challenge ourselves by climbing Ben Nevis.

And what was it that encouraged you to keep going?

Throughout the climb, we motivated each other and kept reminding ourselves that it was for a good cause. As we climbed we saw other mountains in the distance and the bay at Fort William. Partway through, we saw a waterfall and a ridge which protected us from the wind, so we stopped and ate our sandwiches there and closer to the top, we started to see snow. The higher we went, the more snow we saw and the thicker it became.

The hardest part of the climb“, they continued, “was when the wind got stronger and the temperature dropped to -9◦C chill factor. Although we were well-protected from cold with our many layers, at time the wind felt so strong it would throw us of balance. The climb it’s self was very long, with a constant accent which got hard and harder and got very steep and rocky.

“We finally reached the top and we felt so proud of our achievement. We had climbed the highest mountain in the UK. We all celebrated at the top of the Summit with a can of Irn-Bru while looking at the amazing views around us.

This is a fantastic achievement for both students, and we are now left wondering where their love of climbing will take them next?…

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