While pupils were enjoying their summer holiday, 13 staff from Deeping School were facing “summit” of a challenge.
So when they should have been making the most of some time off, the team were heading to Scotland for the start of a 24-hour three peak challenge.
It was an early start for the team – they set off at 5.40am and managed to reach the first of their goals, the summit of Ben Nevis at 8.41am.
After leaving Ben Nevis at just after noon, they arrived at Scarfell for their second climb of the day.
One member of the team said: “It was at this point we realised the 24 hour target was going to be incredibly tight as the journey had taken much longer than expected.
“Scarfell was really good fun despite being the steepest of the three mountains.
“We had to cross rivers and boulder fields and we hit think fog quite early on up the mountain.
“At the summit, with the wind chill it was minus 25 degrees. But as soon as we got out of the fog on the descent we had a lovely sunset, though this did mean we completed the descent in pitch darkness.”
The team left Scarfell at 11.08pm and arrived at Snowdon at 5am, in pouring rain – meaning they missed their 24 hour target.
But they did all complete the climb and raised £3,000 for Comic Relief.
They described the challenge as an “awesome experience”.
The school is in a formal partnership with Sport Relief UK and in total during the year pupils and staff have raised £10,000 – and more than £35,000 in the past three years.