Two of our Everest Challengers took time out of their busy training schedules last week to inspire pupils at St. John’s C of E Primary School in Dorking. Paul Jordan and Nick Stevenson talked to the children, aged from 4 to 11, about the LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge at their morning assembly.
They explained how high they were going to climb and how difficult it would be to play rugby at altitude. They also demonstrated the insulated clothing that the Challengers will be wearing on the mountain by inviting some of the children to try it on, much to the amusement of their classmates.
After the presentation, the children were also very keen to grill Paul and Nick about the Challenge, asking many questions about the potential dangers they will face, such as avalanches and yeti’s!
Having survived their interrogation, the guys were also delighted to present the certificates at the week’s celebration assembly.
St. John’s (where 35% of pupils have special needs and 55% receive pupil premium) received a grant from Wooden Spoon Surrey in 2018 to build an amazing discovery room, which the pupils were happy to show off to our Challengers after the assembly. The room creates an ever-changing learning environment helping the pupils understand and experience different countries, planets and historical events.
Having now seen first-hand how the funds raised by the Challenge will really make a difference to children through projects like the discovery room at St. John’s, our Challengers left feeling more determined than ever to succeed on Everest. Nick said, “I will think about today when things get tough on the mountain.”