Boys from across the School braved the snow at the end of the Spring term as they took part in a ‘Marathon’ run to raise funds for local charity, The Hospice of St Francis.
Each year the boys select a charity to support and during the course of the year host a number of events to raise funds. For the 2021-2022 academic year we are fundraising for The Hospice of St Francis, a charity providing free care for local people and their families in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
The boys were originally aiming to complete a combined total of 5 marathons but undeterred by the cold and snow they managed to run a staggering 550 miles equating to just over 21 marathons and the equivalent of running from London to Aberdeen.
The idea for the charity fundraiser came after the hospice offered us a place to run in the Brighton Marathon. According to Mrs Pendell, our Head of Individual Development, “We thought it would be great to get all the boys involved and support their teacher, Mr Eketone, with his marathon training. Our plan was to have our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 boys run one combined marathon and each of the school sections (houses) run a marathon, but it seems the boys had greater ambitions and kept on running.”
Commenting on the run Headteacher Mr Symes said, “It was great to see boys right across the school from the youngest aged 4 to the oldest at 13 get involved in this event and a fantastic way to show the boys just what you can achieve when you believe in yourself. It was a unique way to finish the term and the snow certainly added to the atmosphere. We are delighted to have raised so much money for the hospice and congratulate Mr Eketone on his fantastic run last week in Brighton.”
Lisa Herring-Rogers, Community Fundraising Manager for The Hospice of St Francis said, “After the challenging few years we’ve all experienced, to have the continued support of our community really does mean so much to all of us here at the Hospice. We are so grateful for the support of the students, teachers and parents at Aldwickbury School and thankful for the warm welcome we received when two of the community fundraising team and a Hospice Ambassador visited the school to talk about our special Hospice care. Every student should be proud of all the running they did and Mr Eketone well done and congratulations on running the Brighton Marathon!”
Mr Eketone’s leg of the challenge followed during the Easter break, this time in more favourable weather conditions and along with 12,000 other Brighton marathon runners he reached the finish line in the sunshine.
To date, the Aldwickbury Marathon Challenge has raised over £3000 for The Hospice of St Francis. Donations can still be made at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aldwickbury-marathon-2022