Mount St Mary’s welcomes BBC Sofa Challenge

Wednesday 21st March was an exciting day for all at Mount St Mary’s College when the BBC paid a visit to the school as part of their Sports Relief Sofa Challenge.

The challenge saw BBC Look North presenters Harry, Amy and Paul push the Look North sofa more than 100 miles to 50 locations around Yorkshire to raise money for Sport Relief and to celebrate their 50th birthday.

The team set off on the 15th March in Birstall, near Batley, and finished on the 22nd March in the market town of Otley, passing through the county’s big cities York, Leeds, and Sheffield, but also many towns in between and across more rural areas.

From the official Twitter account @BBCSofa, the viewers have been able to follow the adventures of the presenters along the way, while they pushed and dragged the big sofa, as well as enjoying meeting the people ready to welcome them.

As part of the last leg of the challenge, the team pushed the sofa from Chesterfield to Spinkhill, which is a rather steep hill. Once arrived in the village, they were greeted by Barlborough Hall and Mount St Mary’s pupils, parents, staff and local residents as they were cheered up Spinkhill Lane and down the school driveway.

After a long journey to Spinkhill the team were pushed for time but made it to the school chapel in time for live filming of BBC Look North at 6:30pm.


“I was overwhelmed when I entered the school chapel and heard the school choir singing for their arrival,” said Amy Garcia, part of the Look North team. It was a truly special moment for everyone involved.


The college thanks everyone who was involved in the preparation of the team’s reception and the TV broadcast. Headmaster Nicholas Cuddihy said “we are very grateful to the BBC for choosing the school as a place to visit as part of their Sports Relief Sofa Challenge.”

Mount St Mary’s College has just celebrated their 175th anniversary with a special Mass at Farm Street Church in London, where the school’s choirs performed Bruckner’s Locus Iste, Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus, and Philip Stopford’s Stabat Mater.