Schools staff gear up for the '3M Challenge'

Date published: 23 January 2021

The Oldham-based Pinnacle Learning Trust has created the ‘3M Challenge’ - an exciting fund-raising event aimed at bringing their three schools even closer together, albeit virtually.

Staff across the three academies - Werneth Primary School, the Hathershaw College and Oldham Sixth Form College - will attempt to travel 3,000 miles in the space of 30 days, starting tomorrow (Saturday) and finishing on Sunday, Feb 21).

The staff will raise money for three charities - the Manchester Children’s Hospital, Maggie’s and Mind.

They will attempt to cover the distance it would take to get from Manchester, to Munich, to Madrid and back to Manchester – a total of 3,077 miles.

They are hoping to raise a total of £3,000 and the miles can be covered in any exercise form that suits: be that running, walking, cycling, hiking.

A virgin money fundraiser page has been set up so all three charities can be supported and donated to simultaneously.

Click here to donate.

It is hoped as many people as possible will get involved and support the staff's virtual journey around Europe by following their progress on Twitter and donating to the charities:


@OSFC Info


Mark Giles, Principal at the Hathershaw College, said: “I was keen to support the mental health of staff who continue to work so hard during the pandemic, supporting children in school and delivering remote education.

"Physical activity, a little friendly competition and knowing that we are supporting three excellent causes all contribute to a sense of well-being.

"My senior team raised over £1,500 last year for Maggie’s doing something similar, but having the whole staff on board and the wider Pinnacle Learning Trust is even better this time round.”

Jayne Clarke, Executive Principal of Pinnacle Learning Trust and Principal at OSFC, is also keen to support the challenge.

She added: “When Mr Giles mentioned the proposed ‘3M Challenge’, I was really keen to promote this to staff across the Trust both to support these great causes, and to improve our own mental and physical health.

"We’ll certainly be doing our best to raise as much as we can!”

Do you have a story for us? Want to tell us about something going on in and around Oldham? Let us know by emailing , calling our Oldham-based newsroom on 0161 633 2121 , tweeting us @oldhamchronicle or messaging us through our Facebook page. All contact will be treated in confidence.

While you are here...

...we have a small favour to ask; would you support Oldham Chronicle and join other residents making a contribution, from just £3 per month?

Oldham Chronicle offers completely independent local journalism with free access. If you enjoy the independent news and other free services we offer, please consider supporting us financially and help Oldham Chronicle to continue to provide local engaging content for years to come. Thank you.

Support Oldham Chronicle