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MALCOLM WHALES WALK

On Thursday 17 July 2017 an intrepid group of Year 9 and Year 11 students headed to Dorset to take part in a charity walk for the Malcolm Whales Foundation, a charity that fundraises to try and help beat cancer, especially in children and young people. Prince William School joined Ely College and other groups to total 162 people walking the coastal path, the largest number there has been for the Charity.

The walk took place over three days from Weymouth to Studland bay, a distance of just under 44 miles and a total climb of about 8000ft, fuelled on ice-cream and sugar they began the walk in high spirts as the first part is flat, oh how they were to learn very quickly over the next three days that this is not the case. The path follows the coast all the way, and those of you who know how the coast works will realise that it is not flat and straight, the students weaved their way in and out of bays and headlands and up and down cliffs. As you can see from the overall climb and some of the pictures that is not easy and takes a lot of commitment and effort to complete the whole walk. A particular highlight was being involved in the RNLI fundraiser of doing the Haka on Swanage seafront.

The students who came were a real credit to the school and themselves.  I was really proud of all the positive feedback I was getting from the other schools and adults on the walk, whilst moaning did occur (I think at some point Miss Sherritt really hated me) there was always a smile available and a massive sense of achievement at the end of each day.

Having spoken to each student they were well on the way to raising over £100 each and this was fully deserved in relation to the amount of effort that they put in.

If you want to see more footage you can visit the Malcolm Whales Foundation Facebook page as this has more video and photos from the walk.