PUPILS, parents and staff at the Oratory School in Woodcote raised £6,423 for victims of the
PUPILS, parents and staff at the Oratory School in Woodcote raised £6,423 for victims of the Nepal earthquake.
About a third of the total was raised as part of an expedition to Everest Base Camp, during which pupils visited an orphanage run by the Child Action Nepal charity.
Students and teachers collectively rowed more than 200km on ergometers in exchange for donations. Geography teacher David Watkins and pupils Lukas Haitzmann and Joe Anidjah each rowed 26 miles.
Sixth-formers Andrew Duff and Caleb Stevens completed a sponsored crawl of three miles in three hours to raise £685. A cake sale raised another £643. The school community also completed more than 800 lengths of the swimming pool, a distance of more than 20km.
Proceeds were shared between Child Action Nepal, the Himalayan Trust and the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development.
Mr Watkins came up with the idea after learning that two sherpas who led a school expedition in 2013 had died in the April disaster.
He said: “I am humbled by the support the Oratory community has shown in the aftermath of this disaster.
“International expeditions always leave a lasting impression and I am proud of the efforts that have been made.”