A LUCKY mascot is heading for the mountains in a bid to raise cash for a water sanitation project in Nepal.
Cliff Courage the teddy will travel with eight colleagues from Havant-based Portsmouth Water to the top of Mount Snowdon in Wales.
Their hike on Saturday is part of WaterAid 200, an event run by the charity WaterAid, which aims to see a team of walkers top the 200 highest peaks in the UK and Ireland on the same day.
And Cliff will help spur on the walkers – who have named themselves Portsmouth Water Peak Seekers – before being pictured on the summit of the 3,560ft mountain.
The furry mascot was named by nine-year-old Eve Smith after she won a naming competition in her school, Bidbury Juniors in Bedhampton.
The Year 4 pupil said: ‘I was trying to think of something to do with mountains and wanted something original, so I came up with Cliff Courage.
‘My great grandad was called Cliff and he used to climb mountains too.’
As well as giving the bear it’s fitting name, Eve was also awarded a gift of stickers and a pop-up book.
She added: ‘I was surprised when they chose my name and happy because I don’t usually win things like that.
‘I’d definitely try entering another competition like this if it came up.’
When he takes part in the trek, Cliff will be wearing a T-shirt with a logo on it which was designed by fellow Bidbury Juniors student Chloe Harris.
The Year 3 pupil’s design was embroidered on to the mascot’s top by Joy to Create after she won the logo competition, also open to the whole school.
As well as the competitions, the walkers held a workshop with the children about their expedition and the message behind their cause.
Team leader Tara Ashworth said: ‘We wanted to get the children involved with what we are doing and help them see how important having clean water is.
‘And they were just so enthusiastic – it was really inspiring.
‘When the climb gets tough I will think of them and they will give me the strength to keep going and reach the summit.’
The group aims to raise £5,000 from their efforts, which could provide 100 hand pumps for Nepalese people to access clean, safe drinking water.
‘To donate, see justgiving.com/peakseekers