12th November 18
Elaine Bambridge, Nicola Grant, Simon Manning, David McColl and Elaine Pieters, all members of Dunottar School’s PE department, tackled the National Three Peaks Challenge, which involves ascending and descending Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours. They raised a massive £1,570, exceeding their target of £1,000.
The challenge was to raise money in memory of Clare Cooper, a Dunottar sports scholar who sadly and unexpectedly passed away in February 2013. Half of the money will be donated to Heal Kids, a charity that supports orphaned and disadvantaged children in South East Asia, which Clare had supported. The other half of the money will be donated to Care for the Family, a national charity that helps those who face family difficulties and which supported Clare’s parents during their bereavement.
PE teacher Elaine Pieters, who set up the fundraising page, said: “Clare was an inspirational student and young lady who had a real love of life and people. We wanted to do something that was both challenging and active in her memory.
"We walked the distance of a marathon, gained over 3000m of elevation and 82,000 steps in 14 hours of walking, with 1,338 miles driven in the school mini bus!
"Despite the challenge being tougher than expected due to the turbulent weather, we are glad to have completed it and grateful to everyone who has supported us so far.”