OS NEWS – MAY 2020

Pippa Macdonald (R 12-17) and Lucy Foster (R 17-19) Climb Stairs To Raise Money for the NHS

Congratulations to Pippa Macdonald (R 12-17) and Lucy Foster (R 17-19) who both completed the remarkable feat of climbing the height of Ben Nevis on their staircases at home to help raise money for the charity Food4Heroes. For Pippa, the equivalent of 4413ft (1345m) involved 15,424 steps and 1789 times up the staircase, while for Lucy it was 408 times up and down! Pippa also then went one step further by also completing the height of the Three Peaks, adding the additional equivalent heights of Snowden and Scafell, as part of the Food4Heroes challenge.

Food 4 Heroes has been set up to help ensure that “all NHS frontline staff are able to access healthy, nutritious and delicious meals for as long as this crisis continues.” To date, the charity has already received over £200,000 in donations which has enabled them to be delivering over 27,000 meals a week.

Pippa created this brand new initiative to help raise money for the charity – StepUp4OurNHS. Her idea was to get people across the country involved and challenge them to climb the equivalent of their favourite UK landmark on their stairs. Once you have completed your climb, donate £4 to Food4Heroes and then share on social media and encourage your friends to take on the challenge. Just £4 is enough to provide two freshly prepared meals, cooked and delivered to NHS frontline staff.


During her time at Sedbergh, in Year 9, Pippa climbed Winder 8 times (the equivalent of Mt Kenya [17057ft]) to raise money for Restart Africa. Putting all of her Sedbergh running training to good use, Pippa completed the London Marathon in 2017, whilst in her final year.

Pippa, who is currently studying interior design at Northumbria University, began her epic day just shortly after 10am on Saturday 18 April and documented her progress through her Instagram account. Inspired by other recent remarkable feats of endurance, Pippa finished her Ben Nevis climb in the early afternoon – much quicker than she anticipated. In true Sedberghian fashion, Pippa pushed herself further and proceeded to climb the equivalent of the rest of the Three Peaks, Snowdon (3,560 ft) and Scafell Pike (3,209 ft).

When asked what kept her going throughout the day, Pippa said “Knowing that I was providing meals for the NHS team who are working endlessly and tirelessly every day. They could not deserve it more!
At the end of her epic day, which started at 10am and finished just after 5pm, Pippa had climbed 15424 steps, 1789 times up her staircase. Upon finishing her challenge, Pippa said “The main idea of this challenge was to StepUp4OurNHS, donate £4, and nominate 4 people after completing the challenge. I can’t wait to see where this challenge will go! I’m hoping lots of people will get involved.”

To say thank you to everyone who has supported the cause for Food4Heroes, and to encourage others to get involved, Pippa has said:
Food4Heroes and I have already had amazing support with this step up challenge, so a massive thank you to everyone who has donated and taken part in this challenge! If you are reading this, why don’t you give it a go? Climb your favourite local hill/mountain/point of interest, nominate 4 others and donate £4 to StepUp4OurNHS donation page on the Food4Heroes website. It is such an important charity in this unprecedented time.

Click here to see the original article on the Sedbergh School website.

Ewan Dowes (W 97-99) Completes 26-Hour Wattbike Ride as Part of 2.6 Challenge


Former England professional rugby league footballer Ewan Dowes (pictured left) (W 97-99) recently completed the national 2.6 Challenge in support for the Steve Prescott Foundation. The 2.6 Challenge is an initiative aimed at providing vital financial assistance to UK charities given the catastrophic effect of the COVID-19 pandemic with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in income.

The nation has been requested to make light of the lockdown on what would have been the weekend of the London Marathon, and give charities the boost they desperately need in such challenging times for the country.

The theme of 2.6 was chosen to link to the 26 miles of the Marathon.

Ewan joined forces with Paul Sculthorpe MBE, on Saturday 25th-Sunday 26th April to ride a Wattbike for 26 hours! If that wasn’t punishing enough, Ewan has a number of additional gruelling challenges lined up himself for the next few weeks, with a focus on raising funds for three charities – Joining Jack, the St James’s Place Charitable Foundation, and the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) in support of Rob Burrow, his former Leeds Rhinos team-mate.

Both Ewan and Paul chose the Steve Prescott Foundation to show demonstrate their continued support for the Foundation as it continues in Prescott’s memory. Click here for more information.

Jemima Cookson (L 14-19) Signs With Indiana Field Hockey

Will Panday (H 15-19) Rugby Highlight Reel

Highlights from Ealing Trailfinders centre, Will Panday (H 15-19), have been compiled in a video focusing on his 2019-2020 season. In his young career thus far, Will has predominantly played for Hong Kong U20’s and Henley Hawks in addition to the Sedbergh School 1st XV.

England Rugby Captain Will Carling OBE (W 79-84) Shares His Sedbergh School FC Memories

Cameron Redpath (S 16-18) Shares His Sedbergh School FC Memories

Clare Carney (R 04-09) Offered Placement to Train for Medical Degree

Congratulations to Clare Carney who after much determination to achieve a place to read medicine has been offered to train for a medical degree. Since leaving Sedbergh in 2009, Clare completed a first degree at Oxford Brooks in International Relations and has since worked as an health care assistant, and various other roles in operating theatres within the NHS. In these present times, the importance of medical workers cannot be understated, and the OS Club would like to congratulate Clare for her hard work and determination and wish her the best of luck in this exciting new chapter.

Chris Walker (W 78-81) Discusses Fate of Hospitality Business With ITV Border News

Archie Davies Wins 2019 Wales Amateur Golfer of the Year Award For Second Year Running

Congratulations to Archie Davies (P 14-19) who has won the Welsh Golf Amateur of the Year Award for the second year running. Archie is currently back in the UK while his American college career is interrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak, working on his game where possible and also carrying on his studies online during lockdown. Click here for more.