Hazlegrove children summit virtual Everest during lockdown fundraiser

Children from Hazlegrove Prep School raised over £2,500 for NHS Charities Together and Serve On. They completed a 'virtual climb' of Everest from Lukla Airport to the summit, by using stairs, steps, ladders and hills.

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12th June 2020 — During lockdown, news of children summiting Everest is not what you expect to hear, however, that is exactly what the children from Hazlegrove Prep School achieved in their bid to raise funds for NHS Charities Together and Serve On.

Year 8 pupils and their families took part in a Virtual Climb of Everest from 14 – 22 May, ‘trekking’ and ‘climbing’ from Lukla Airport to the summit, by using stairs, steps, ladders and hills.

There were some solo summit attempts, some two-person teams, and larger teams of pupils, all of whom completed climbs daily to scale Mount Everest. The aim was to ‘summit’ together on the evening of Friday 22 May. The children sent in progress reports and photographs on a daily basis as they worked through the climb together.

The children showed great ingenuity in recreating the appearance of Everest whilst not leaving their homes during lockdown, and connections were made around the globe, including three children being bagpiped to the top of their local hill and two girls, who put together a dance routine to celebrate their achievement whilst they were on two different continents.

The children raised over £2,500 for the charities.

Senior Tutor, Mrs Deborah Mahony said: "Around this time of the year, the Year 8 pupils would usually be planning their annual charity fete. We took this opportunity to do a different one-off exciting event as our remote learning alternative, and created an extra chance for the year group to stay connected and complete their first Leavers’ Project together. We are so proud of the way in which the children approached their Virtual Climb of Everest Challenge, a terrific result."

About Hazlegrove

Hazlegrove is an independent boarding and day preparatory school for 370 boys and girls aged 2–13. The School is set within 200 acres of parkland in Somerset, with direct access to the A303. Excellent facilities include a newly developed flood-lit sports area, indoor swimming pool, sports hall, squash courts, mini golf course, theatre, music school, design and art centre and a mini farm. A purpose-built, self-contained pre-prep and nursery gives pupils the ideal start to school life.

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