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BGS staff climb 'Everest'

On Friday (17 November) the Senior School staff took on the challenge of climbing Everest – albeit in the form of the Great Hall stairs – to raise money for The Pahar Trust, Nepal (and especially the Thechumba School, which BGS Juniors teacher Mrs Dixon will visit in January).

To reach the same height as the world’s highest mountain the team needed to climb 1,806 flights. Thanks to some energetic volunteers 848 flights, equivalent to Mount Toubkal, Morocco’s highest peak, were conquered before 10.00am. An hour or so later, Kilimanjaro was ticked off the list as the total passed 1,200 flights.

With a rota of climbers, all of whom were sponsored for their efforts, the summit of Everest was reached before lunch, with the afternoon climbers taking the final total to an impressive 2,240 flights. This is roughly equivalent to Everest, plus Snowdon, plus Scafell Pike. Not bad for a day’s work!

Well done to everyone who contributed to this effort, whether climbing five flights or 100. Special congratulations go to Mrs Dixon and 1532 Manager Beth Morgan who each climbed a whopping 178 flights! The total raised so far stands at over £400, with money still coming in; our thanks to everyone who generously sponsored our climbers.