Fairfield Head Pledges To Walk Inca Trail
Wednesday 20th July 2016 @ 15:47 by Lee Wild
Droylsden News

A head teacher from a Droylsden school is set to embark on 40 mile trek to raise money for charity.
Fairfield High School for Girls head teacher Brendan Hesketh has set himself the target of walking the Inca Trail in Peru.
The school has recently introduced Pledges as a way of recognising what the pupils contribute to the community and the opportunity to do more. So the head has been quick to follow his own example and commit himself to a Pledge of his own by tackling the trail.

“When we introduced pledges into the school I wanted to do something special, something memorable and pledges is all about doing something different and taking yourself somewhere to do something you’ve never done before.

“It’s not supposed to be easy doing a pledge, it’s supposed to be hard work so I wanted to do something that was going to challenge me and be an experience I’ll never forget and other people remember too,” Mr Hesketh explained to Year pupil Rozina Ahmed.

The head is doing this for three charities; breast cancer research, to provide educational opportunities for girls in less economically developed parts of the world and to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.

Mr Hesketh describes himself “incredibly privileged” to be the head of the school and sees this as a way of giving something back.

It’s says much about his determination to succeed that he is prepared to push himself to the limits to achieve his goal and take on a challenge when many others will be resting up after an exhausting year.

Answering a question from one of his own Year 8 pupils and Tameside Reporter student reporter, Millie Williams, he explained the challenges he faces:

“The biggest challenge is probably the altitude the walk is over for 4,000m in terms of altitude (Ben Nevis is just over 1,300m).

“I’ve done lots of training to make sure I’m as fit as I can be for the experience, but there is no preparation you can really do for altitude,” Mr Hesketh revealed.

The Fairfield head has been in training since January and has climbed Scarfell Pike, but he’s desperate to enjoy the trek that begins at the end of this month and return with some great memories.

Those who wish to donate can do so at his justgiving page.

Image courtesy of Lisa Weichel on Flickr