A school teacher from St Bees is overjoyed at smashing her initial £150 target by raising £445 for the children's charity, Plan International UK.

Rosie Cole, who is the Geography, Science and Outdoor Education teacher at St Bees School, pledged to walk 140km in just 14 days to help raise awareness for gender inequality.

She aimed to show solidarity with girls all around the globe – and has successfully completed her challenge.

Speaking of her experience, Rosie said: “The challenge has been harder than I anticipated but that makes it all the more rewarding to complete. I wanted something that pushed me to my limits and it certainly ticked that box!”

Rosie had walked around St Bees, Borrowdale, Ennerdale, Sale Fell, Buttermere, Seathwaite and Langstrath Valleys, Cockermouth, Skiddaw and Whinlatter Forest, proving she could no matter the weather. She explained: "It was really tough after a full day teaching and not getting home until 6pm.”

Rosie regularly teaches her classes about gender equality and how important of a subject it is and the ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign forms a key part of some of her Geography and Personal Development lessons.

Headmaster of St Bees, Roger Sinnett said he is extremely proud of Rosie’s achievement: “Rosie’s success in this challenge perfectly embodies everything we are about at St Bees… determination, resilience, leadership – and the confidence to stand up for equality across every aspect of our lives.

“Rosie’s continued dedication to an all-encompassing education for our students on real-life issues is inspirational."