Rotarians supply Duke of Edinburgh kit to Risedale pupils

Students, staff and Rotarians with some donated equipment. Back row far left Jane Hailwood, far right, Jos Huddleston.

Richmond Rotary Club has been helping Risedale Sports and Community College students to enter for the Duke of Edinburgh Award by supplying some essential kit for their expeditions.

Rotarians were impressed by the voluntary work of the teachers and other staff, and the enthusiasm of the students and have spent the last 12 months raising £3,000 which has been used to purchase a wide range of equipment including tents, rucksacks, maps, stoves, sleeping mats and many smaller items.

The Rotary Club raised the funds at various events through the year including their own sponsored expedition, walking from Keld to Gunnerside.

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This summer a large cohort of students entered for the bronze award with a smaller group entering the silver award.

On receiving the funds, Jane Hailwood, assistant head at the school, said “ The Rotary Club have done a great job in helping us send so many students to take part in the scheme, and we will now be able continue running our own expeditions without buying in expertise and kit”

Rotarian Jos Huddleston who organised the fundraising responded “ Our Rotarians have enjoyed the project, and would like to thank the Rotary Vocational Committee, the Club and all who helped raise the funds”

He continued by wishing Jane, her staff, and students well with future expeditions.