Two islands challenge

Pam Sellers, head teacher at Highbury School, Rastrick
Pam Sellers, head teacher at Highbury School, Rastrick

A hiking headteacher has set herself the challenge of walking across two islands to collect money for her school.

Pam Sellers, head at Highbury school, Rastrick, will be trekking 16 miles across the Outer Hebrides in Scotland to raise funds for improvements and the refurbishment of the school’s hydrotherapy pool.

Her journey will start on the most southerly beach on the Isle of Vatersay and finish at the most northerly one on the Isle of Barra.

“I’ve had a strong desire to play my part to help raise some money for the school,” she said. “I arrived here when the pool was being built and I wanted to help with the next phase of its life.

“The children get a lot out of the pool and I would be delighted if I managed to raise a couple of hundred pounds.”

She is very familiar with the island having spent many holidays there and is hoping for favourable weather when she undertakes the walk in August.

So far the school and the Friends of Highbury group, have raised around £110,000.

However, another £140,000 is still required for the new development.

A third of the children at Highbury have complex conditions so they need specific equipment for the pool which has to be kept at a specific temperature because the children do not move about as much.

Anyone interested sponsoring Pam can call at the school to donate or pick up a sponsor form. People can also visit www.charitygiving.co.uk/pamsbarrawalk2011