Jessica’s scaling highest peak to raise money for young carers

Jessica Cockell with pupils
Jessica Cockell with pupils

A plucky teacher is swapping the classroom for the African mountains to raise money for young carers.

On August 21, Haydon Abbey School teacher Jessica Cockell will start her journey to climb Africa’s highest peak Mount Kilimanjaro.

All of the money raised will go towards Carers Bucks’ young carers in schools programme, which gives guidance and training to schools, as well as support for the youngsters.

It is a facility that Miss Cockell knows all too well, Haydon Abbey already runs a young carers support group.

Year 5 teacher Miss Cockell said: “Carers Bucks is a fantastic charity who spend their time assisting those in need.

“Working in a school has shown me the impact Carers Bucks has on young carers in my area and I want to show my support for their services, and help them to support more young carers in schools.

“I am really looking forward to my Kilimanjaro climb in August, but a little bit nervous as well.”

So far Miss Cockell has raised more than £3,600, and she even organised a fundraising ball to cover the cost of her trip.

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