Andy’s challenges bring in the cash

Westleigh High School teacher Andy Gregory
Westleigh High School teacher Andy Gregory

A WIGAN magistrate is continuing his personal challenge of completing 30 challenges to mark his 30th birthday.

Andy Gregory, head of PSHE and Citezenship at Westleigh High School, is recovering after the hectic past 12 months leading up to his birthday when he completed various challenges including spending 30 days as a vegetarian and taking part in a cross-country bike race.

His aim over the year was to raise £15,000 to set up a school fund to send Westleigh students on expeditions abroad.

So far, Andy has achieved many tasks, including a ‘Le Terrier Sportive’ cycling event (71 miles, 8500 ft of climbing) and Sandstone Trail Challenge (33 mile run).

He also learned to Scuba dive, completed an MSc dissertation, helped Westleigh High to gain the Bronze and Silver Eco Schools Awards in one year, trekked through the jungle, volunteered as a school governor, completed an Olympic distance triathlon, cycled to work instead of driving (over 2,000 miles in total) and many other challenges.

Probably the most unusual of Andy’s many challenges was 30 days of cold showers!

Throughout it all, Andy has always been supported by his girlfriend, Sandra Mackillop, who has helped him in his quest to try out many different things.

Any donations should be made payable to Westleigh High School.

Money raised will go towards equipment to establish a Duke of Edinburgh Award group within the school.

To find the full list of challenges, visit