A GROUP of pupils are preparing for the school trip of a lifetime – trekking across the Himalayas.
Eleven students from Sandhill View School, some as young as 12, are busy fund-raising for their 25-day trip to India, where they will not only hike across the mountains, camping each night, but they will also spend 10 days working with poverty-stricken communities.
For the last few days, the pupils will have the chance to relax and will end the trip, which is a World Challenge Expedition, with a visit to the Taj Mahal.
Emma Blyth, gifted and talented co-ordinator at the Grindon Lane school, one of the staff members going on the trip, said: “It is going to be an experience of a lifetime for all of us, but the pupils know it is not going to be a holiday.
“After we arrive by plane, there will be an 18-hour coach journey to get to our starting destination.
“It will be tough – most of the pupils have not been away from their families before. They will be away for more than three weeks and there won’t be any mobile phone signals.”
Each member of the group needs to raise £3,148 and they are all doing various fund-raising activities such as cake sales, car washing and sponsored walks and runs, including the Sunderland City 10k.
Pupil Rosie Brooks said: “It will be amazing. How many 13-year-olds are able to say they have trekked across the Himalayas? It is the chance of a lifetime for us.”
Melissa Cowens-Stewart, 12, said: “It is going to be an adventure. I want to see for myself how lucky we are compared to other people in the world.”
The pupils, from years 7-10, meet up once a week to get to know each other as a team.
Anyone who would like to sponsor the youngsters or make a donation should call Emma Blyth at Sandhill View School on 553 6060.