YOUNGSTERS from a Hartlepool school will scale the heights of Mount Everest without leaving their school yard.
Children from Throston Primary School will clamber up a 18-feet climbing wall hundreds of times in one day to match the height of the world’s tallest mountain.
They will be joined by Hartlepool mountaineer Ellis Stewart, who hopes to do the real thing next year for the NSPCC children’s charity.
Throston Primary School pupils will also support the charity when they are sponsored for Monday’s event.
More than 150 pupils will have to climb the wall around three times each to climb 11,430ft, the same height from Everest’s base camp to the summit.
Throston headteacher Mark Atkinson said: “We are delighted to support both the NSPCC and Ellis, via a day of climbing.
“The event will not only raise funds for our adopted school charity, it will also allow children to empathise with the enormous task to be undertaken by Ellis.
“This will be amplified when Ellis explains the climbing wall task is being done in relatively good weather and no equipment.
“As well as developing the children’s empathy, the event will also provide an opportunity for the children to support a worthwhile cause, test their climbing skills, learn more about Mount Everest and develop maths skills as they calculate and track the number of climbs needed.
“Who knows, this may inspire a child to one day emulate Ellis.”
Hartlepool’s West View Project will provide their climbing wall free to the school for the event.
The children will wear climbing gear and a safety harness.
Dad-of-three Ellis, 39, whose children attend the school, is currently raising sponsorship to climb Everest next year.
He is also raising money and awareness of the NSPCC who he and wife Tamara, 34, have supported for several years.
Ellis said: “I am so pleased to be able to make a difference with my Everest climb by supporting a charity that does so much to help and protect vulnerable children.”