Caldicott Boy Walks a Marathon for Charity

08 October 2020

 

Over the weekend, Year 6 pupil Anton F, travelled to Exmoor where he challenged himself to walk a marathon distance in aid of the React Children’s Charity.

 

Below is a report from Anton’s mum about his fundraising and walking challenge.

 

Throughout lockdown, Anton felt very sad for families who were struggling, especially those whose children are seriously ill. He decided to raise money for React, a charity that provides support to families with terminally ill children. He said that he feels the charity must help those families and let them know that they are not alone.

We planned a trip to Exmoor, where Anton, accompanied by his father and uncle, would do a challenging 26 mile walk over two days through the hills and moors, ending on the Somerset coast. What we didn’t know when we booked the trip was that Storm Alex was set to hit Somerset and in particular Exmoor for both of the days. Waking up on the first walking day to the Met Office weather and flood warnings, and lots of sensible people advising them to delay, Anton said he still wanted to do it. With all this in mind, they set off but planned to reassess periodically throughout the day. They never expected to be walking through torrential rain and miles of gushing ankle-deep water. Concerned about Anton, dad and uncle continually checked with him, but he kept saying he wanted to keep going, and didn’t complain once. He was so determined to complete the mission and raise as much as he could for React.

28 miles later, with detours due to flooding rivers, Anton made it to the coast. He raised over £8000 from over 60 supporters cheering him on through the storm.

 

We are really proud of Anton’s efforts for such a worthy cause. If you would still like to donate you can do on Anton’s JustGiving page.

 

Caldicott Boy Walks a Marathon for Charity

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