On Sunday 25th April, Sedbergh School sixth former Eliza Twiddle from North Yorkshire, led a water carry challenge to raise £1,300 for Unicef. 260 pupils from the Cumbrian boarding school took part in the challenge to carry water up a 473m ascent.

Motivated by seeing videos about the plight of some of the world’s most deprived children, and by her decision to study Events Management, Eliza (R), 16, set each of Sedbergh School’s nine boarding houses the challenge of being the first team to reach the top of Winder fell, carrying 10 cases of mineral water. The water was kindly donated by Blue Keld Springs and the winning team, School House, made a time of 48.44 minutes. 

Eliza said: “Today was an eye opener for me in many different ways and I sincerely hope that it has helped others realise just how challenging and difficult it is to carry water a long way.

I am delighted that we have been able to raise as much money as we have to help the children supported by UNICEF but I am also delighted that, through an event carried out with typical Sedberghian spirit, we have helped to raise awareness amongst others.

The winning team challenged me and two members of staff to complete the challenge later that evening – and doubled their donation.”

Eliza, a pupil who came to Sedbergh from Terrington Hall preparatory school, has applied to UNICEF to work with their voluntary teams in Ethopia during her gap year in 2017 and then hopes to study Events Management at Oxford Brookes University. 

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