Hathershaw College

3M Challenge

3M Challenge

After the Christmas break, and perhaps particularly because of the current circumstances, it can often be that little more difficult to motivate and challenge yourself.  It is with this in mind that the Pinnacle Learning Trust has decided to embark on the ‘3M Challenge’ as a way of bringing the schools even closer together, albeit virtually. 

The premise is that staff across the three academies, Werneth Primary School, The Hathershaw College and Oldham Sixth Form College will attempt to travel 3000 miles in the space of 30 days (starting Saturday 23rd Jan. 2021 and finishing Sunday 21st Feb. 2021) in order to raise money for three charities:

  • Manchester Children’s Hospital
  • Maggie’s
  • Mind

In keeping with the 3M’s, 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 3077miles.  They are hoping to raise a total of £3000 and the miles can be covered in any exercise form that suits: running, walking, cycling, hiking. 

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

View & Donate via Virgin Money

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


Mark Giles, Principal at The Hathershaw College commented “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 £1500 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, commenting “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!”