A MOUNTAINEER inspired schoolchildren to reach new heights with a special visit.

Pupils from primary schools in Ferryhill and Chilton listened in awe to Sarah Hudson as she talked about her adventures last week.

Ms Hudson, who is originally from Ferryhill and conquered Mount Kilimanjaro and another 80 peaks in almost a decade, spoke to children from Chilton, Cleves Cross, Dean Bank and Ferryhill Station primary schools about her achievements, challenges and the link between wellbeing and adventure.

Teachers also took take part in 'resilience challenge'.

Ms Hudson said: "It was so special to come home and give the message that it doesn’t matter where you’re from, what your background is or what someone tells you; if you want to do something, you can achieve it by being resilient."

"This is how I climbed Kilimanjaro, moved to Germany, started hanging off mountains in the Alps, photographing the Northern Lights in Norway and whales in Canada after suffering with badly with depression and anxiety."

Glenys Newby, from Approach Too, said: “We are so grateful for Sarah for taking the time to inspire our pupils, it was a powerful message at the beginning of the new school year.

"It was a big ask as she now lives and works in Munich, but she flew back to deliver four great assemblies which focused on how everyone can benefit from challenging themselves and getting out doors and into a green space.”

To follow Mr Hudson's blog Touching the Summit, visit facebook.com/touchingthesummit or find @touchingsummit on Twitter.