Over one thousand students and members of staff at Nene Park Academy took part in a sponsored whole-school, 10 mile walk around Ferry Meadows on Friday.
This is the fourth year that the school has organised the walk to raise money for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, with over £15,000 raised to date. It is hoped that students and staff will raise at least a further £5,000 through their charity work for the Hospice this year, taking the total to in excess of £20,000.
Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice is a charity close to the heart of Nene Park Academy and its sponsor, Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) as both Martin Bacon, former executive principal of CMAT, and Cat Black, former English teacher at the Academy, were cared for at the hospice in the past few years.
Thorpe Hall Hospice provided care and support for them, their families and their colleagues helping ease the pain at such a difficult time. All of the money raised from the walk will go directly to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice to enable them to continue with the invaluable work they do.
Vice Principal, Michelle Petersen said: “It has been a pleasure to host the sponsored walk for the fourth consecutive year. It has continued to be a hugely successful event and it is a great way to get the whole school involved in a cause close to so many in our community. This event has now become a key part of our annual fundraising activities and reinforces our school’s PLEDGES programme; a reward system where students work towards their bronze, silver and gold PLEDGES awards. Taking part in the sponsored walk means that every participant has now achieved their Bronze ‘Giving’ PLEDGE.”