Christ the King's Everest fundraiser challenge for Mrs Griffin

By Simon Hart

The pupils and staff of Christ the King Primary School in Childwall have come together to complete a virtual climb of Mount Everest as part of a fundraising campaign in memory of former head teacher Kate Griffin. 
Every pupil at Christ the King participated in the ‘Step up for Mrs Griffin Challenge’ on 24 March, with each class undertaking a step aerobics session and teachers adding up all the steps taken. Overall, 58,070 steps equate to a successful scaling of Everest, which stands 8,849m high. 
The ‘Kate’s Everest’ fundraising project was devised by family and friends of the popular teacher who passed away aged 40 last summer. Six other schools have taken part with more than £15,000 already raised (Gift Aid included). This will be donated to Rainbows, a charity which provides bereavement support and which Kate had long championed. 
Matt White, head teacher at Much Woolton and St Ambrose Catholic Primary Schools, helped set up the ‘Kate’s Everest’ challenge and explained: ‘Head teachers, schools, friends and family have been doing it in their own ways. I’ve climbed stairs and done some hill climbing on my bike. There are other people who’ve walked the equivalent distance. Others have run.’ 
He added that the scale of participation was no surprise given the ‘huge impact’ Kate had had on people. ‘She had unbelievable warmth and a sense of giving to others, as well as a rock-solid determination to do the best for children in her school and children in Liverpool.’ 
Dave Delaney, head teacher at Christ the King, said the school was determined to continue the connection with Kate's favourite charity. ‘We remembered her on her birthday and talked a lot about Rainbows. The charity is really important to us as a school, and staff will be taking part in Rainbows training on our inset day after the Easter holiday to enable us to make sure all children are supported in that way. 
‘For the children, the Everest challenge was another way of expressing their thanks and gratitude for what Kate did,' he added. 'It’s been a huge event and it’s nice for our school community to do something together. She valued sporting activities and we were thinking about her as we did it.’
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