Hartlepool pupils will pedal before they paddle

Children from Clavering Primary School are doing a sponsored cycle to raise cash for their trip to paddle across Lake Windemere.
Children from Clavering Primary School are doing a sponsored cycle to raise cash for their trip to paddle across Lake Windemere.

A determined team of pupils from a Hartlepool primary school are taking on a double whammy challenge.

Twelve Year 6 pupils from Clavering Primary School are about to embark upon an epic test - to paddle the full length of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, over two days during their half-term holiday.

Clavering Primary School pupils study their map of Lake Windermere.

Clavering Primary School pupils study their map of Lake Windermere.

But to take part in the power paddle, the youngsters must first raise £1,200 to fund it and they are doing that by collectively cycling the full length of the lake, which is 18.08km.

Headteacher Helen O’Brien praised the commitment of the Clavering children, saying: “Despite having had the added pressure of Key Stage 2 SATs, the children are enthusiastically chasing sponsorship for their challenge.

“If there are any local individuals, businesses or organisations who would be willing to sponsor our team, we would be extremely grateful if they got in touch with the school.”

The children will be accompanied on their paddling expedition by members of staff from the school, including Mrs O’Brien, higher level teaching assistant Julie-Ann Winter, and deputy headteacher Neil McAvoy, along with instructors from Carlton Outdoor Education Centre.

If there are any local individuals, businesses or organisations who would be willing to sponsor our team, we would be extremely grateful if they got in touch with the school.

Helen O’Brien, headteacher, Clavering Primary School

The children already have canoeing experience through the Clavering Residential Programme, which has previously featured in the Mail, and have all gained their Canoe England ‘Paddlepower’ certificate.

However, despite this previous experience, the team members are all fully aware that canoeing over eighteen kilometres across Lake Windermere will be an ever bigger challenge.

Mr McAvoy said: “This is a one-off adventure involving a team of exceptional children and Clavering staff who have all played a huge part in our residential and outdoor learning programme over the last three years. For the twelve children, this will be their fourth Clavering residential and if they are successful in completing their challenge this is something they will always remember.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor the plucky kids can do so by ringing the school on (01429) 422088.