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Hayley’s Up Hill and Down Dale Fundraiser

A school wellbeing practitioner has walked from Osmotherly to Ravenscar in North Yorkshire to raise money towards a new accessible minibus.

Hayley Haigh and her family walked the 42 miles to support Applefields School in York, a specialist secondary school for students with additional needs.

The school has applied for a new Sunshine Coach through Variety, the Children’s Charity to help students continue their learning outside the classroom.

Hayley was joined on the trek by dad Andy (64), two brothers Dan (40) and Joe (33), and sister Holly (33), to help raise £10,000 towards the new coach. The remaining cost will be funded by a sponsor and the school.

“This was the hardest challenge I have ever overcome,” said Hayley.

“The mental and physical pain was something that I didn’t expect. My family were incredible. We looked after each other and I could not have done this without any of them.

“The support we received was second to none. All our families have been right behind us, helping with everything they possibly could.

“I think it’s safe to say I was a broken woman the next morning and physically getting out of bed was immensely painful. I look back and thank my lucky stars that I have the family I have. They’ve done this journey to help people they don’t even know, to help enrich their lives.”

To find out more about Variety, the Children’s Charity visit or to contribute to Hayley’s fundraiser visit

Pictured from left to right; Hayley, Dan, Joe, Andy, and Holly.





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