Monday, 20 September 2010

Exercise to Sierra Leone

Over 150 pupils and staff from Wells Cathedral School took part in an exercise marathon over the Mother's Day weekend, raising over £2,000 for the school's Sierra Leone project. The pupils exercised for over 300 hours, covering a distance of over 2,000 miles.

Highlights of the weekend included a mixed aerobics session in the sports hall led by History and Sports teacher Robbie Newman, an equestrian hack with Maths teacher Nicky Connock across the Somerset countryside, and a house golf match at Wells Golf Club with English and History teachers Martin Ashton and Duncan Gowan on Sunday afternoon.

Greg Perry in year 9, from Oakhill, exercised the longest – covering 57 miles in just under thirteen hours – and won an Apple i-touch. Shu Odawara in Year 8 raised the most money – almost £100 – and won £50 of i-tune vouchers.

As part of its anniversary year, Wells is supporting two schools in Sierra Leone – the Milton Margai School for the Blind, and the Balanta Music Academy in Freetown. The money raised from the exercisathon will fund the kit-out and equipment needed for the new recording studio recently built at the Ballanta Music Academy, which was financed earlier in the year by Wells fundraising events.

Maths teacher Roland Ladley, who heads up the Sierra Leone project at Wells said "It was a great weekend and pupils and teachers alike put in a lot of hard work to make the event special. Many thanks to all of you who helped, took part, encouraged others and sponsored this exercisathon."