Risedale pupils take on sponsored walk for mental health charity

More than 350 students from Risedale Sports and Community College took part in a ten-mile sponsored walk raising vital funds for young people’s mental health charity YoungMinds.

Students and staff set off walking in groups from school at 9am in staggered intervals making their way around a designated route across the army training area in Catterick Garrison.

Team Risedale walked all day only stopping for quick morning break and picnic lunch in order to get everyone safely back to school for the 2:55pm home time bell.

Event organiser and Senior Teacher, Jane Hailwood said: “I’m so proud of all our students; 10 miles is a real challenge and one that they all embraced whole heartedly.

“A big thank-you to our navigator Mr Thomson for marking out the route, to the Army for all their help and allowing us to use the training area again, but mostly to our fantastic students who made the day so much fun.

“Last year our sponsored walk raised over £5,000 for Cancer Research UK and we hope we will be able to do just as well this year for YoungMinds.”

Headteacher, Colin Scott said: “YoungMinds is a great charity and we hope that we can help those who are silently suffering by raising awareness of the problems that are affecting increasingly more children. Everyone had a great day and as always the fundraising efforts of our students has been outstanding.”

Help #TeamRisedale reach their target of £5,000 for YoungMinds and donate to this important cause at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/risedalewalkyoungminds

You can find out more about YoungMinds work at www.youngminds.org.uk