Shropshire students attempt to climb seven hills in one day

Eager students will attempt to climb seven hills across Shropshire and Powys in just one day as part of a new charity challenge.

For the first time youngsters from Thomas Adams School in Lowe Hill, Wem, will climb Hawkstone Park, Grinshill, Haughmond Hill, Clee Hill, The Lawley, Caer Caradoc and Corndon Hill - as well as travelling over 100 miles by road to get to each of them.

The Hills of the Houses challenge involves the seven houses at the school which are named after some of the beauty spots across the county and over the border in Wales.

Money raised from completing the feat will be divided equally between the school’s nominated Cancer Relief charity and the Hardship Fund to support less financially well off families.

Headteacher Liz Dakin said: “Students at Thomas Adams School participate in a house system by which they are awarded house points for academic success or sporting prowess.

“This new expedition challenge is a celebration of students’ willingness to participate in school life and of our beautiful local scenery.

“Those taking part will be from year 10 and year 12, with at least two representatives from each house.
“It will be a long, physical day but all the students seem prepared and ready for the challenge - we are really pleased they are so willing to be involved.”

Students will be accompanied by staff from the school who will take part in the climbing and act as chauffeurs driving between each hill.

Tom Cuthbert, a Physics teacher at the school, is one of those taking part.

He said: “We are all gearing up for it now and really looking forward to it.

“We are hoping for good weather on the day as it is going to be quite a challenge in itself let alone coping with any inclement weather as well.”

The gruelling challenge is due to take place on June 17 and sponsorship is being collected by each student individually.

The group hopes to raise over £100 which will help disadvantaged families take part in school activities and will also add to the £400 already raised for the charity of the year, Cancer Relief.

Mrs Dakin added: “To be raising money for worthwhile causes is a great addition to this challenge.

“If this is a success we hope to hold it again next year.”