115 students and staff from West Lakes Academy in Egremont took on the challenge of the Dent Dash on the 23rd of September, giving up their own time to raise money for Calderwood House.

The Dent Dash is a tough ten-mile walk from the academy site to the top of Dent, which stands at 1,152 feet high, and back. Laura Mariannou, a key organiser of the event and Student Head of Charity at the academy said, “The staff and students that took part are an asset to the Academy. It was overwhelming to watch how many people wanted to come in such a short space of time from the organisation to the event. The ‘Dash’ itself was a challenge, but very rewarding.”

Calderwood House is situated in Egremont and relies solely on donations to keep on running. They offer shelter to aid homeless people and unemployed people, with a focus on ex-military personnel. The academy aimed to raise over £2,000 to beat last year’s fundraising total.

Andrew Haslop, Geography Teacher at the academy was one of the organisers of the event, he said, “The day was a huge success with 115 members of the West Lakes Academy community turning up to the event; this included nearly 90 students and 25 staff. It was fantastic to see so many staff and students give up their Saturday to support this worthy cause; all year groups (years 7-13) were represented. Our students’ kindness continues to amaze me and it was one of my proudest moments working at West Lakes Academy.”