three Leeds school pupils are set to embark on the challenge of a lifetime and climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
City of Leeds School pupils Charmer Thomas, Nyesha Jordan and Yashin Comrie have beat off competition from hundreds of school children across the country to be selected for the life-changing experience.
The 16-year-olds are preparing themselves mentally and physically for the challenge that will see them scaling Africa’s highest peak in just 10 days.
They are hoping that the challenge will help make their fellow classmates and Woodhouse community proud of their school.
In a letter to the judging panel of The Transformation Trust, the trio said: “We feel as though our school never gets the credit it is due.
“We are the first school in Yorkshire to get the Schools of Sanctuary Award but what does that mean to a community when every step we make we are always put down.
“We want to make the students and staff who believe in us, be proud of our achievements.
“We know it is not going to be easy and we are going to have to push ourselves.
“We want to know what we are capable of and show what we can do.”
Yashin moved to the UK without his parents or siblings when he was just two because he was seriously ill.
He said that he hoped to share the challenge with some of his closest friends.
The trio added: “We know that each step we take on the walk on Kilimanjaro will be for every student that has had their dreams squashed and wanted to give up.
“Each of us has a Kilimanjaro to climb.”
Headteacher Georgie Sale said she was delighted that three pupils from the school had been selected for the challenge.