School lends a hand to charity with its feet

KIND-HEARTED school pupils have boosted a local charity by trampling the competition with a sponsored walk.

Year Eight children at Mossley Hollins High School trekked a total of eight miles, to Dovestone Reservoir, around it and back to raise funds.

And after the total was split between the Huddersfield Road facility and a good cause, Reuben’s Retreat received a huge £1,516.

Stacey, Alex, Teyah

The summer hike had its ups and downs – literally given the hills – and Year Eight pupil Teyah admitted she was ‘tired’ at the end of it.

But Stacey Kirkpatrick from Reuben’s Retreat told her, classmate Alex and head of music Steve Beardmore the effect their efforts can have.

She told them: “That’s amazing. It’s a massive amount.

“We support families with quite poorly children. They might have different disabilities, they might have things like cancer or conditions or disabilities they might not get better from.

“We support families who’ve lost children as well.

“For example, just over £1,500 would provide six or seven respite breaks for families to take children on holiday or a little break so they can create lots of happy memories.

“It would also provide a lot of counselling sessions. Unfortunately, some of the children supported by us pass away, so we work with their mum, dad, brother or sister after that.

“A lot of good can come from your walk. I know you were very tired but I promise it’s going to make a big, big difference.”

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