Earlier in the year, the 36 Teign students who participated in Ten Tors 2019 took part in a Sponsored Walk called the ‘Esh Challenge’. This annual event forms part of the Ten Tors training and takes place in memorial of Esh Rampuri. Esh was a science teacher at Teign School for 21 years and had helped out with the Ten Tors training for 19 years. He was well loved for his dry sense of humour and for the fact that he would always go out of his way to help wherever he could. Sadly, he passed away not long after his retirement in 2007 and so the ‘Esh Challenge’ was set up in his honour.
This year the event involved the students walking 28 miles in one day over difficult Dartmoor terrain for charities of their choice. For 2019, the fundraising took place for Devon Air Ambulance and Dartmoor Rescue; two charities whose work are essential to Devon and the Ten Tors movement.
Toby Mason (Year 9) was one student who took part. He said: “My brother told me this was a challenging walk – it is famous at Teign School! We enjoyed it on the day as the weather was better than what we had faced on other walks!”
Representatives from the charities were asked to come to Teign School on Wednesday 19th June to accept the money raised on the walk. The students collected a staggering £1360 which was divided equally between the two chosen charities. Headteacher, Suzannah Wharf and the school’s Ten Tors Leader, David Bere handed over the sponsor money alongside ten students who completed the walk.
The visitors from the charities gave the following responses:
Tracy Owen, Fundraising Manager at Devon Air Ambulance said, “This wonderful donation will enable us to continue to provide emergency services to the people of Devon. Thanks to the fantastic students for raising such a great amount of money.”
Alec Collyer MBE (Chairman of the Dartmoor Rescue Group) said, “All four Dartmoor rescue teams are reliant on donations. Each team takes £20,000 per year to run and we get no statutory funding. Therefore, donations such as this are essential for us to continue to provide a service.”