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Rastrick pupil Josh is on top of the world . . .

William Henry Smith pupil Josh Simpson, has successfully completed the Highest Classroom challenge to Everest Basecamp

William Henry Smith pupil Josh Simpson, has successfully completed the Highest Classroom challenge to Everest Basecamp

A Rastrick pupil has successfully completed a challenge of a lifetime by climbing to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain.

Josh Simpson, and teacher Barrie Campbell, from the William Henry Smith School have completed their 15 day trek to the base of Mount Everest and beyond to the Kala Patthar summit.

The 15-year-old was talking part in the world’s highest classroom event and saw him take in some of the breathtaking scenery in the Himalayas.

“It’ll change the rest of my life afterwards. It’s a big, massive achievement, not many people can say they’ve been to Mount Everest Base camp,” said Josh.

The pair had to raise £3,000 towards the trip but thanks to sponsors they raised the funds needed.

Teacher Barrie was also full of praise of Josh for keeping him going through the challenge.

“It’s probably been the hardest two weeks of my life, mentally and physically but a fantastic experience which I personally will never forget,” said Mr Campbell.“There have been many highs (literally), and some lows where it was difficult to continue.

“Along the way we’ve met some incredible people, namely our sherpas who carry most of the equipment up the mountain, and when we get to our camp sites set up camp, cook our meals, wake us up in the morning with tea or coffee and generally entertain us.

“Our sporting and business mentors who have been fantastically supportive of the lads and us along the way, they have restored my faith in celebrity sports people with there attitude.

“Finally the lads, and especially Josh who has been a credit. He really has been a great companion along the journey helping me out when I was feeling down and missing home.”

The school would again like to thank all the companies, and members of the public who very kindly sponsored Josh and Barrie or who donated money/prizes for the Charity Event, in particular their two major sponsors, Compass Fostering and The Kingscliffe Fund.

 

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