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Staff to climb Three Peaks to help Indian schoolchildren

May 24th, 2016

3peaks2A brave team of staff from two senior schools is taking on the demanding Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for a worthy cause.

Five members of staff from Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls and Monmouth School will be scaling Snowdon (1085m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Ben Nevis (1345m) – all within 24 hours.

The climbers hope to raise £500 to help carry out vital repairs to Upper Valley School, founded in 1997 by HMSG’s Headmistress, Mrs Caroline Pascoe, in the Indian village of Burua.

Kate Potts, Mrs Pascoe’s PA, will also be part of the Three Peaks team on Sunday, May 29.

She said: “I’ve been told that the Three Peaks Challenge is 60 per cent mental. I think it may be in fact 100 per cent totally insane! But in July 2016, 24 pupils from HMSG and 18 boys from Monmouth School will be spending a month in the Zanskar area of India, accompanied by six members of staff.

“As part of the expedition, led by Mrs Pascoe, the group will spend a week acclimatising in the village of Burua, working at Upper Valley School.

“We will be teaching, painting, plastering and carrying out general repairs at the school.”

Since its foundation, Upper Valley School has grown from having six children aged five to now having 142 children aged between three and 17. The facilities have grown from one room to a facility of eight classrooms.

“After time in Burua the expedition will undertake a two week high altitude trek in the Himalayan foothills,” added Ms Potts.

Mrs Pascoe and Ms Potts will be joined by Gerry Stentiford, Rob Picken and Owen Williams from Monmouth School at the weekend.

The team is very grateful to Brian Pascoe and Nyree Clayton who will be driving them from peak to peak.

They aim to finish the National Three Peaks Challenge by 4pm on Monday, May 30.

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