Teaching staff plan a lesson in fund-raising

Date: Monday 22nd May 2017
Staff of Orton School who will be walking 40 miles are (back row, left to right) Amy Potter, Diana Green, Phil Woodmass, Emma Pomfret, headteacher, Debs Cairns, Catherine Simpson and Sam McWhirter. Front: Heather Carrick and Andrea Mounsey.
Staff of Orton School who will be walking 40 miles are (back row, left to right) Amy Potter, Diana Green, Phil Woodmass, Emma Pomfret, headteacher, Debs Cairns, Catherine Simpson and Sam McWhirter. Front: Heather Carrick and Andrea Mounsey.

NINE members of teaching staff from Orton Primary School are hoping to raise in excess of £1,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust by walking more than 40 miles in just one day.

The sponsored walk, which will take place on 24th June, begins in the coastal town of Whitby and follows a route which includes the North Yorkshire Moors and the North Yorkshire coastline.

A spokesman for the group said: “It involves a circular route of 65km which is about 42.5 miles. We have to walk the whole route in one day, starting at 6am, and finishing when we can. We are aiming to walk the route in about 16 hours.” The walkers, who range in age from 20s to later 50s, are headteacher Emma Pomfret, Andrea Mounsey, Phil Woodmass, Heather Carrick, Catherine Simpson, Diana Green, Sam McWhirter, Amy Potter and Debs Cairns.

Not only do they want to raise much-needed funds for the charity, but also awareness of cystic fibrosis, as Amy suffers from the condition and therefore it is a charity that is very important to them as a school.

“Amy is in really good health, but she is keen to help raise awareness of cystic fibrosis (and vital funding) for other suffers that aren’t in the same healthy situation as herself,” the spokesman added.

“As a school, we support many charities over the school year, from breast cancer awareness to Children in Need, etc, but this is our staff’s way of supporting a charity that is so close to our hearts.”

Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening genetic condition that slowly destroys the lungs and digestive system.

For more information about the Orton team’s effort visit

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