Staff from Wisbech school take on mammoth Hadrian’s Wall trek

Thomas Clarkson staff members taking part in the Hadrian's Wall trek are, from left, Lucy-Beth Heighton, Nigel Glover, David Bliss, Dan Hudson, Alex Malcolmson, Jeff Wilson and Alistair Woodruff.
Thomas Clarkson staff members taking part in the Hadrian's Wall trek are, from left, Lucy-Beth Heighton, Nigel Glover, David Bliss, Dan Hudson, Alex Malcolmson, Jeff Wilson and Alistair Woodruff.
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A team of seven staff from Wisbech’s Thomas Clarkson Academy are trekking the length of Hadrian’s Wall this week as part of a summer charity fundraiser.

The team set off on the six-day challenge on Saturday as part of the national Diamond anniversary celebrations for the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) scheme.

Throughout the year the team, led by the Academy’s DofE coordinator Lucy-Beth Heighton, have been accompanying students on their bronze and silver DofE expeditions – and now it is their turn.

Walking 15 to 18 miles a day across varying terrain, while each carrying a 65-litre back pack, the team is completing the challenge in aid of Age UK.

Miss Heighton said: “This is quite a daunting task. Eighty six miles from east to west is hard enough without carrying all the equipment to be self-sufficient for a week.

“But Age UK is a charity close to my family’s heart, following the loss of my father last August. The charity does immeasurable work providing care, companionship and advice to our elderly community and we are glad to be able to support them in this way.”

Other team members are Nigel Glover, David Bliss, Dan Hudson, Alex Malcolmson, Jeff Wilson and Alistair Woodruff.

The wall was built in 122AD and is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern England and a designated world heritage site.

To sponsor the team visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/LB-Heighton