Nearly 100 pupils from the Lower Sixth form of Sedbergh Senior School tackle Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to kick-start fundraising for their ‘Transforming Young Lives’ appeal.

The 16 and 17-year-olds set off from Horton in Ribblesdale at 8am on Monday 2nd June to tackle the challenging 24 mile route taking in Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside. Sedbergh School staff and Brathay’s challenge events team were on hand to help with road-side support and plenty of water given the very warm conditions.

For the pupils this is the start of a range of fundraising activities taking place over the Michaelmas Term. A trophy will be awarded to the House that raises the most in sponsorship. Funds raised will mean Brathay can work with more young people from across the north of England at their residential centres in the Lake District.

Many of the young people we help face incredible personal challenges including; managing the transition from living in care to independence, risking exploitation in unhealthy relationships or lacking the confidence to find work or training. All of them need support and inspiration to fulfil their potential.

Paul Fairclough, Deputy Headmaster (Sixth Form), said; ‘We have been working for some time behind the scenes to develop links between Sedbergh School and the Brathay Trust. It was fantastic to see our first joint event go so well. Whilst participating in such events is obviously enormously rewarding for those staff and pupils involved, this challenge is a springboard for a series of future events. It will help us to support the excellent work that the Trust does with those young people in the wider community who are facing serious life challenges.’

Scott Umpleby from Brathay summed up the day by saying; ‘Pupils from all nine of the school Houses took part in an inspirational day where they supported each other to undertake this iconic hill challenge. The majority completed Pen-y-Gent and Whernside – a significantly long day in the hills by any standards, made particularly challenging in the warm conditions.  A group from Powell House pushed on to complete all 24 miles, being rewarded by stunning views across the Yorkshire Dales from the summit of Ingleborough, before the final tiring miles back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale.’To find out more about our fundraising challenge events, and the support we can provide please visit: or to donate to their ‘Transforming Young Lives’ appeal, please visit:

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