Malvern St James supports Old Girl in World Record attempt

1st May 2018

Malvern St James Girls’ School will be doing a sponsored row outside Waitrose on Edith Walk, Malvern, on Saturday 12 May 2018, from 10am-4pm, in aid of King’s College Hospital’s Crictical Care Unit where one of its former pupils was treated for a life-threatening illness, Cushing’s disease.

That former pupil, Kiko Matthews – originally from Herefordshire – attracted a slew of press attention last month when she smashed the World Record for the fastest female to row the Atlantic solo and unsupported. She shaved 7 days off the previous record of 56 days to cover the 3,000 nautical mile journey. In the process she has raised nearly £90,000 for King’s College Hospital.

Malvern St James is a founder sponsor of Kiko’s challenge, helping to fund the boat and preparations for her World Record attempt. The School wants to help raise money for King’s College Hospital where Kiko was treated twice for a brain tumour – most recently in August last year as she was training for her Atlantic crossing. There is approximately £10,000 more to raise before Kiko reaches her target of £100,000.

Students from MSJ, staff and parents, will be taking part in the row, and we are encouraging members of the MSJ Sports Centre and the whole Malvern community to come along and support us by taking to the rowing machines for a 5 minute slot, or simply by donating. We hope to row a total of 100 kilometres.

Kiko received messages of support from Olympians James Cracknell who described her as ‘inspirational’ and ‘amazing’ and Katherine Grainger who commented, “You’re doing something 99.99999% of us couldn’t even begin to consider possible. The whole world is full of awe and admiration.”

Mrs Olivera Raraty, Headmistress of MSJ, comments, “Kiko is a phenomenal individual who has shown exceptional courage, determination and resilience – personal attributes that we value highly and that we aim to foster amongst our students. She is also warm and generous, and good fun to be around. Kiko has already been in to see us twice before she embarked on her journey, and we’re looking forward to her presenting our annual Prizegiving ceremony at the end of this term. There are lots of lessons about fearlessness and embracing challenge that we can learn from her. We are proud to have her as one of our alumnae and a shining example of the positive benefits of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.”

“I hope that the people of Malvern will come along and support us on May 12th. Last year we raised over £12,000 for local charity Malvern Special Families, pooling the efforts of MSJ students, staff and parents, as well as former staff, Old Girls and community groups that we are involved with such as Malvern Junior Gym, The Jenny Lind Singers and Elmslie House. It shows what can be achieved when people come together.”

This event is rescheduled from March, when the school was forced to postpone due to the heavy snow.

Donations can be made at: / text MSJK49 £5 to 70070