School’s virtual walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats raises money for charity

11th March 2021

Avon House Preparatory School in Woodford Green, Essex, did not let lockdown stop them from marching ahead with their termly fundraiser. They decided to take on the epic challenge of travelling the 874-mile journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats. A classic challenge travelling from the furthest possible distance from one side of the UK to the other. Due to current restrictions this was done virtually of course!

The fundraiser was started by Year 6 pupil Scarlett and took place over the half term period. It required the children, parents and staff to send over their daily distance walked – this was then updated onto their very own Google map. The progress generated considerable excitement, interest and a sense of competition.

The school runs several fundraisers throughout the year supporting local and national charities in the UK. This term they decided to take themselves onto an adventure during these times of social distancing and lockdown to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).

Motor neurone disease is a life-shortening, currently incurable disease and affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK. The disease is caused by a problem with motor neurones in the brain and gradually messages from them stop reaching the muscles.

In total, the Avon House family covered over 1,000 miles passing (virtually) through some of the most stunning and remote countryside.

As a Unicef Rights Respecting School, this momentous effort by all students, staff and pupils linked well with Articles 29 and 31, as the many miles walked by all those in the Avon House community demonstrated how we are all working together to live peacefully and exercise in a way that promotes play and a great deal of fun.

A JustGiving page was set up and parents were asked to sponsor each mile their child walked. At the time of writing the total sum amazingly stands at £2,929 exclusive of Gift Aid.

Amanda Bourne, Community Fundraiser at the MND Association, said “What an inspiring challenge the team at Avon House have taken on. What an amazing team effort to virtually walk from Land’s End to John O’ Groats. The funds they raise will help us to continue our vital work in providing support for people living with MND, campaigning to raise awareness of the disease and funding research to find treatments and ultimately a cure.”