Hornchurch school’s £21k walk of success
PUBLISHED: 18:00 04 July 2011 | UPDATED: 10:13 05 July 2011
A school has raised an incredible £21,000 to remember a former pupil who died from a rare cancer - during just one sponsored walk!
All the money will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The Campion School student Jack Chester passed away last September, he was just 19-years-old.
The sporty youngster from Romford was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma - a rare bone cancer - in 2008, but he inspired fellow students and teachers alike with his bravery throughout his illness.
The school also organised a charity ball for the trust, raising a total of £30,000 - but the walk on April 30 was a runaway success.
Deputy headteacher Peter Luck said: “We initially aimed to raise £5,000 so we were amazed to have done so well; some of the younger boys raised around £700 each which is a great feat. There were a lot of people who were personally connected to Jack on the walk, his fammily and sixth formers, which also helped.”
He added: “Jack was a genuine, nice and open person. He inspired so many people because he was so rarely negative and was thinking of others despite his position.”
One-hundred-and-eighty blue-clad pupils, parents, teachers and supporters, including Jack’s mum Carol and brother Tom, made their way along the 21-mile route from the school, in Wingletye Lane, to Fitzroy Square, in central London - near University College Hospital, where Jack received treatment.
Jack Shephard and Callum Twohig in Year 12 completed the route first and Jack Robson in Year 7 came in third.
Jack joined The Campion sixth form in September 2007 and was diagnosed with cancer six months later.
He tried to continue his studies while undergoing greulling radiotheraphy and chemo sessions.
The school handed a cheque to the charity, which is in the midst of £2.6 million project to improve cancer facilities and research for teens in London, at a special ceremony on Monday.
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