8th March 2021 — St Benedict's pupils and staff have raised over £5,000 for two charities: The Passage, which supports the homeless, and The Sarah Cannon Cancer Research Fund.
This was a fundraising sporting challenge for the entire school – for all pupils aged 3 to 18 and their teachers.
Shortly before half-term, everyone at St Benedict's was invited to run, walk and cycle a suggested minimum of 1km each.
Many exceeded this, covering 5, 10 and even 100km individually, finding sponsors or donating money to support two chosen charities – The Passage and The Sarah Cannon Research Fund.
By the end of the 2-week challenge, St Benedict's raised a total of £5,016.68, collectively covering over 4,000km.
There were many outstanding efforts: Sixth Form students Lily and Arabella walked the distance of a marathon together, while Alexander in Year 9 ran, cycled, walked and rowed 100.23km – the furthest individual distance achieved in the entire challenge.
And the Junior School Headmaster, Mr Simmons, covered an amazing 373km.
St Benedict's Headmaster, Andrew Johnson, said: "It is terrific to have raised over £5,000 for these two worthy causes.
"I am very proud of everyone for showing such generous, determined support for this challenge."