Peaks challenge pays off

Adults (left to right) Phil Jupp, Darren Butwell, Steve Rawlings, Ant Robbins, Miles Carruthers, Colin Bichard, Stuart Horn, Mark Taylor and Dave Tinsley with pupils (left to right) Alyssa Randall, Harley Bridle, Stephanie Hepple, Emily Andrews and Thomas Rowe
Adults (left to right) Phil Jupp, Darren Butwell, Steve Rawlings, Ant Robbins, Miles Carruthers, Colin Bichard, Stuart Horn, Mark Taylor and Dave Tinsley with pupils (left to right) Alyssa Randall, Harley Bridle, Stephanie Hepple, Emily Andrews and Thomas Rowe

From broken bones to new beginnings

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An intrepid team of engineers braved the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland – and raised an oustanding £5,000 for a special school in Cowplain.

Ten colleagues at H&S Aviation in Hilsea took part in the 24-hour challenge up Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Ben Nevis in Scotland to support Rachel Madocks School.

And thanks to their steely determination, the school will be able to afford to enter the Rock Challenge performing arts competition and invest in learning resources.

Coleen Smith, business manager at the school, which has 74 children aged from two to 19, says: ‘This is a very noble achievement. The challenge was pretty grim and the weather was terrible, but they persevered for us and we’re all so grateful.’

She adds: ‘The generosity of individuals living in our community never ceases to amaze us. It’s lovely for our kids, school staff and our families to be supported in this way.’

The idea to fundraise for Rachel Madocks came from H&S Aviation’s operations co-ordinator Phil Jupp, 34, whose eight-year-old niece Abi Thompson has cerebral palsy and is a pupil there.

He says: ‘I have seen the amazing work that goes on, despite them receiving no extra funding from the government over what a normal school would get.’

H&S Aviation has made Rachel Madocks its chosen charity for 2012.