Ac­tion man

Steve’s all set for po­lar chal­lenge

Oldham Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - RUHUBIA AKBOR

AN ac­tion man deputy head who has trav­elled the lengths of the world for char­ity is off on his lat­est adventure – this time all the way to the North Pole.

Steve Hill, of St Joseph’s Pri­mary in Shaw, will be tak­ing on the Po­lar Marathon in aid of a num­ber of char­i­ties.

He will be jet­ting off to Sval­bard on April 5 be­fore tak­ing park in the world’s tough­est and cold­est marathon on the 9th.

Mr Hill is no stranger to char­ity chal­lenges hav­ing climbed Mount Kil­i­man­jaro, Mont Blanc and Mount Kin­a­balu; trekking through the Sa­hara Desert, the Arc­tic and the Jun­gles of Bor­neo; and last year com­plet­ing his first-ever marathon – on the slopes of Mount Ever­est

He said: “I wanted to keep up the mo­men­tum of our fundrais­ing and so I have de­cided to un­der­take a fur­ther chal­lenge this April – pos­si­bly my tough­est yet.

“As al­ways I will be self-fund­ing the trip and the chil­dren from St Joseph’s will be fully in­volved in the fundrais­ing.

“I’m in train­ing at present and get­ting my­self in the best pos­si­ble shape to en­able me to com­plete this ex­tremely tough chal­lenge and raise as much money as pos­si­ble for th­ese great char­i­ties.

“Friends, fam­ily, col­leagues and par­ents from school have again been fan­tas­tic, all of­fer­ing to spon­sor me, whilst my un­be­liev­ably en­thu­si­as­tic Year 6 class are cur­rently or­ga­niz­ing a va­ri­ety of ex­cit­ing fundrais­ing events through­out the com­ing weeks and months.”

To date Mr Hill’s ef­forts over the years have raised £50,000 for nu­mer­ous causes.

The char­i­ties cho­sen this year are Dr Ker­shaw’s Hospice, Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis So­ci­ety, Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion, Sands, The Royal Old­ham Hos­pi­tal’s. spe­cial care baby unit and funds to buy a de­fib­ril­la­tor for their school.

To spon­sor Mr Hill visit just­giv­ing.com/StephenHill07.

Gary Louth

Ac­tion man deputy head Steve Hill is go­ing to do the North Pole Marathon in April. He’s pic­tured with St Joe­sph’s Pri­mary pupil Roisin Leach

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