Not content with all the usual end of term activities, a group of teachers are lacing up their walking boots for a 24 mile trek across the South Downs from the Tiger Inn in East Dean – overnight so they can be back at school for the last day of term!
12 members of CNCS staff will start their 24 mile marathon at 6pm on Monday 23rd July and are planning to arrive back at school at 8am on Tuesday 24th July.
Teachers Ms Field (Geography) and Mr O’Connor (Computing and IT) wanted to do a fundraiser for Charlotte’s BAG, the charity set up to research into glioblastoma (brain cancer) following the death of 19 year old Charlotte Eades in February 2016. Charlotte was a student at CNCS and her mother Alex Eades has worked there for many years.
Ms Field says: “Mr O’Connor and I were chatting, and came up with the idea of an overnight Teachers’ Trek. We reckon it will be fun and the blisters will be worth it!”
Mr O’Connor adds: “With four Geography teachers AND a Duke of Edinburgh Awards co-ordinator in the line-up we are assuming we won’t get lost in the dark!”
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The intrepid staff are: Ms Field; Mr O’Connor; Ms Larkin (Subject Leader Geography); Mr Meaney (Curriculum Leader Geography); Mr Coyle (Geography/Senior Pastoral Leader); Ms Marsh (Pastoral Leader/Inclusion); Ms Cunningham (PE, ASDAN, Leisure & Tourism/Outdoor Trip, KS4 Curriculum Leader); Ms Rozier (Raising Standards Leader Year 7, Subject Leader History); Mr Brown (DT/Duke of Edinburgh); TAs Ms Lee and Ms Fitzgerald; and Charlotte’s mum Alex Eades (Access Arrangements Assessor, IEU Coordinator).
Alex has a bit of a headstart on the walking experience – in the summer of 2016 she and son Miles completed a 212 mile walk of the South Downs, from Eastbourne to Winchester and back again, raising around £4,000 for Charlotte’s BAG in the process. Alex says: “Everyone at CNCS has been so supportive of Charlotte’s BAG, and I’m really looking forward to spending a night out with my colleagues – there are some very steep hills along the way but I’m sure teamwork will help us through.”
ABOUT CHARLOTTE’S BAG
Charlotte’s BAG was launched in October 2016 following Charlotte’s death in February of that year. The charity aims to raise funds for research into glioblastoma, and create awareness of the disease.
To date, over £150,000 has been raised, which will pay for a neuropathologist working at Kings College Hospital, London to deliver patients’ biopsy results within 3-5 days rather than the current time frame of up to four months. This means treatment can be tailored much more effectively to give patients a better quality of life for longer. Charlotte’s BAG works directly with seven of the world’s most eminent neurosurgeons and neuro-oncologists. Glioblastoma kills around 5000 people in the UK every year, with a lifespan of up to 15 months (and often much less) after diagnosis. It is currently almost always terminal. There are over 100 different types of brain cancer, yet it receives only one per cent of national cancer funding, a position Charlotte’s BAG is determined to change. Charlotte’s BAG ensures that every penny raised goes to where it should – there are no salaries, no overheads, no advertising etc. Further details can be found at: www.charlottesbag.com