A COUPLE have flown the flag for children of a County Durham primary school at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Stephen and Christina Alderson, 32 and 30, had a special flag made up for pupils and parents at St Joseph’s RC VA Primary, in Coundon, near Bishop Auckland, to sign before their ascent to the summit where is was proudly unfurled.

The couple are working with the school to raise £10,000 for a defibrillator, improved outdoor play area and reading den and the trek up Africa's tallest mountain and helped raise £1,620 for the appeal.

Mr Alderson explained his nephew, Olly Scott, aged eight, is at the school and he is a former St Joseph’s pupil himself.

He said: “Olly was really into it, telling all his friends. The children collectively walked the length of it too at school– so we really had no choice but it get to the summit and knowing the children were doing their sponsored walk was good motivation for actually getting through the tough bits and getting up there.

"It felt amazing to have done it and to have done something for such a great school at the same time made it that bit more special.

"Christina and I would like to thank family and friends from home and abroad. Work colleagues and complete strangers who have kindly sponsored this great cause. Your generosity has been amazing."

Headteacher Madeleine Brown said: “What an amazing achievement. Big congratulations to the both of them.

"All the children were following their progress and completed their own sponsored trek in school. It’s been fantastic and we are so grateful this lovely couple are supporting our school.”

Donations can be made towards the school appeal on Stephen and Christina’s justgiving page at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/friendsofstjosephs until Wednesday, July 31.