The following article was written by Mr Jon Reddin, after Amy Clayfield and I organised a charity walk/run in aid of MNDA this time last year. It was a great occasion in which the whole school participated. If you took part I’m sure you’d agree what a tremendous success it was, for comparatively little effort.
Community spirit shines through at charity walk
Our School motto is alive and kicking as Ratcliffe students help to raise over £1,800 for MNDA and Lourdes
The much anticipated charity walk and run in aid of motor neurone disease and the Lourdes pilgrimage took place today under a glorious blue sky as the sun shone on the students of Ratcliffe College. Almost every pupil at the College participated in the event, together with many members of the teaching and non-teaching staff.
The Junior School pupils kicked things off at 9.15 am, ably led by Mrs Rigby and her staff. Years 5 and 6 ran the full course of just under 2 miles with pupils in other Year groups walking in the beautiful morning sun. They were soon followed by the Nursery School, who thoroughly enjoyed their walk around the wonderful sports fields and dropping their coins into the charity buckets. One pupil was so excited as he reached the start line he duly asked Mrs Rankine if they were going to have another pancake race! All the Nursery and Junior School children then made the most of the opportunity to buy delicious homemade cakes during their break-time to generate additional funds. Thank you to everyone who made and donated cakes. You will be pleased to hear that we sold every one!
The Senior School students participated in key stage groups. The Sixth Form went first during period 3. There was a lovely atmosphere as they assembled at the start line and Mrs Gerighty was on hand to start the event with a shrill blast on her whistle. Elliot Hart completed the course at a blistering pace to win the boys’ race and Jo Ward came storming home for the girls; well done both! Not everyone was keen to run and many enjoyed taking their time and walking at a more leisurely pace, taking in the ambience and the stunning views of the College.
Years 10 and 11 took to the field immediately after lunch and worked and ran with great determination and enthusiasm. They certainly enjoyed the cakes, and Year 13 organisers Amy and Laura were so concerned that there might not be enough for Years 7, 8 and 9 students, that more cakes were brought in by special delivery, courtesy of Laura’s mum! Thank you Mrs Yell, everything was eaten!
The Years 7, 8 and 9 students were the last group to participate, but as the saying goes, ‘last but by no means least’! The younger Years made plenty of noise as they gathered at the start and their enthusiasm was evident by the very high number of boys and girls who ran the course so well. A special mention goes to the Year 7 runners who really pushed the older students so hard. Indeed, the first four girls home were from Year 7.
Once again the cake stall proved to be irresistible to the students who proved they all had a sweet tooth. Despite some last minute price increases at the cake stand, everything was sold.
This was a unique event for a unique cause. Student led from the very start to the very end. It personified everything that Ratcliffe stands for as a School community; our school motto lived out in the actions of its students, ‘charity is the fulfilment of the law.’ It was moving to be part of today’s events not least because of the reasons behind our efforts, which are so close to our own hearts. Everyone should be proud of what was achieved; I know I am.
Thank you to everyone who made the charity run and walk possible. In particular, thanks to Amy and Laura for all their hard work in making the day so memorable for all the right reasons.
I hope after reading it you feel inspired to do some fundraising for the charity. Small scale events such as cake sales or coffee mornings are so quick and easy to organise. I’d be happy to help with any initiatives anyone has and will do my best to help accumulate volunteers to assist.