Project play-ground boost

Intrepid Academy trio conquer the Yorkshire Three PeaksIntrepid Academy trio conquer the Yorkshire Three Peaks
Intrepid Academy trio conquer the Yorkshire Three Peaks
Three colleagues from a Doncaster school have conquered the Yorkshire Three Peaks to raise money for a new playground.

Mark Smith, James Copley and Michael Lappin braved the elements and brought back almost £500 towards the £20,000 needed to replace the outdated play facility at Edenthorpe Hall Academy.

The trio scaled the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in 10 hours, 40 minutes.

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All 200 pupils from Edenthorpe Hall Academy then followed their example and held a sponsored Danceathon.

The four-to-11-year-olds strutted their stuff all afternoon, and the Academy, which is part of the Astrea Academy Trust, has now raised over £6,000 towards its target.

Jonathan Moody, principal at Edenthorpe Hall Academy, said: “We can’t thank Mark, James and Michael enough. They are wonderful role models for the children.

“The Danceathon was a great way to show our children they can make a positive difference to the world no matter how big or small you are.

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“Not only is dancing wonderful for our physical health, but the money they have raised brings us closer to providing them with a fit for purpose playground.”

Eventually, the Edenthorpe Hall playground will be transformed into a modern space, with room for traditional outdoor games, like hopscotch, as well as a fitness zone.

Local businesses are in support, and admin assistant, Laura Bardell, will do a s ky dive this month, to raise £1,000.