Inspired by Captain Tom, staff at the Winchester-based Twyford School challenged themselves to a non-stop, 24 hour ‘moveathon’ and have raised almost £5,000 to support local families living with cancer.
They set up an exercise bike, treadmill and rowing machine in a gazebo in the school car park. Pippa Higham, the school’s Year 4 teacher, Head of Charities and event organiser started the moveathon on the exercise bike at 8am. Throughout the day, the children cheered on the 32 teachers and support staff being put through their paces during their 45-minute slots.
Many cycled, some rowed and a few ran. The school says the real heroes were the ones who took the night time slots. One teacher ran from his home to school and back in a double slot of 1hr 30; another cycled through the Hampshire sunrise. Joe Wicks was put to work at home in the small hours before Headmaster, Andrew Harvey, rowed the team across the finish line at 8.45am the next morning.
All of us at Wessex Cancer Trust send huge thanks to the teachers, support staff, children and parents who came together to raise an incredible amount of money to support local families living with cancer. It shows that together, we can achieve so much.