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Sarah Pattinson accepting the cheque with members of the School Council, Ken and Angela Pattinson and Mrs Michie, who completed the Cheviot Challenge.
Sarah Pattinson accepting the cheque with members of the School Council, Ken and Angela Pattinson and Mrs Michie, who completed the Cheviot Challenge.

PUPILS from Alnwick’s Duke’s Middle School raised £700 for an Armed Forces charity.

The youngsters collected the cash for the Pilgrim Bandits, which supports amputees from the Armed Forces and helps to take injured members on adventure and confidence-building expeditions.

The charity is strongly supported by the school’s caretaker, Ken Pattinson, and his wife Angela and daughter Sarah.

In February, Sarah, who is an ex-pupil of the school, took part in the Kilimanjaro Challenge alongside a group of injured servicemen and Pilgrim’s patron, Duncan Bannatyne.

She reached the summit safely and the school was incredibly proud of her achievement.

Pupils raised the money through a non-uniform day, cake sale, tombola, sponsored run and a Cheviot Challenge which involved pupils climbing the PE wall bars 120 times.

Assistant headteacher Mrs Michie raised £100 by completing the challenge by herself.