Staff walk overnight from Charing Cross to Hove!
A group of teachers are lacing up their walking boots for an incredible 52 mile (83km) overnight walk from Charing Cross Station to Hove. They are hoping to raise £5,200 (£100 for every mile walked) for Charlotte’s BAG – which funds research into a cure for glioblastoma – and honouring Charlotte Eades, a former student and daughter of a member of staff.
Nine members of staff will start their 52 mile marathon walk on the evening of Thursday 27th June, and are planning to arrive at school at 2.45pm on Friday 28th June. They will pass Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament before heading over Lambeth Bridge and moving South on their incredible journey which will take them through the South Downs to the Devils Dyke where they will make their final descent to the school. On arrival at Cardinal Newman, they will be greeted by staff and students who will be wearing blue in support of their teachers and Charlotte’s BAG. The blue non-uniform day at Cardinal Newman hopes to raise even further funds for the charity.
On the day of school prom in 2013 Charlotte was diagnosed with a brain tumour called Anaplastic Astrocytoma (grade 3). She was just 16 years old. In October 2015 she was diagnosed with Glioblastoma; the deadliest of all brain tumours and terminal. Charlotte passed on 24th February 2016 aged 19 years and 5 days. Her mother and brother set up the charity – Charlotte’s BAG – in her honour and to raise vital funds for research into this deadly form of brain cancer.
Charlotte’s mother, Alex Eades, has recently been awarded the British Citizen Award, a prestigious recognition programme awarded to individuals that are making a positive contribution to the community, society or chosen cause. Alex will be attending a formal award presentation at the Palace of Westminster on the 4th July in recognition of all of her incredible work with Charlotte’s BAG.
Olivia Field, teacher and one of the nine walkers, said: “We expect blisters, aches and pains – but that’s nothing compared to what Charlotte went through. We hope to help fund vital research and that’s what it is all about.”
Alex Eades, Charlotte’s mother who is a member of staff and will also be doing the walk, said: “Everyone at Newman has been so supportive of Charlotte’s BAG and I’m really looking forward to spending a night out with my colleagues – it’s going to be very, very tough but I’m sure the team will support each other and we’ll all get to the finishing line. All the money donated will go directly to research at Charlotte’s Lab based at Kings College Hospital. The charity is self-funded meaning every penny goes directly to where it should which is very important.”
If you would like to make a donation, here are the details of the justgiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/olivia-field
The intrepid staff are: Olivia Field (Geography Teacher/KS3 Curriculum Leader), Julia Cunningham (PE, ASDAN, Leisure & Tourism/Outdoor Trip, KS4 Curriculum Leader), Lorna Marsh (Pastoral and Progress Leader for Year 10/Inclusion), Dionne Gooding (PE/Pastoral and Progress Leader for Year 8), Andrew Brown (DT/Duke of Edinburgh); Sorcha Lee (Teaching Assistant), Hugh Salter (Maths/KS4 Curriculum Leader), Amanda Swann (Student Support Administrator) and Charlotte’s mum and brother: Alex and Miles Eades.
You can view their route here: https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/3582282/Charingcross-station-to-school-north-down-via-devils-dyke
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: charlottesbag.com