Walk for weight bench legacy

A HARROGATE High School student has gone the extra mile to leave a legacy to the school’s PE department.

Year 12 student Joe McCabe felt he wanted to give something back to the school.

So he organised a mile-long sponsored walk around the school playing fields – and invited the school’s entire complement of students and teachers to take part.

They duly obliged and, with the deadline for sponsor money today, Friday, Joe is confident of raising over £1,600 to buy an upper-body multi-purpose weights bench for the fitness suite he has made great use of over the years.

PE teacher David Moss, who helped organise the walk, said Joe had been a Young Ambassador for the school over the last two years.

“He has stood out in terms of sports leadership, having been involved in work with primary schools and at times almost being an extra pair of hands in the PE department,” said Mr Moss.

“He’s been a regular user of our fitness suite and felt it would be great to give something back to the school.

“The equipment will be of great value to students of all ages and ability.”

To set up the event, Joe had to present his idea to the school’s senior leadership team and then to all members of staff.

“He was going into assemblies to raise awareness and this also helped him develop his public-speaking skills,” said Mr Moss.