'Try Again 10!' - Saturday, 30th April 2022   
Fundraising Walk for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) in memory of Jack Chester   
Just Giving page

On Saturday, 30th April, three years after our ninth walk in 2019, we finally managed to hold our tenth Hit the Road walk in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of Jack Chester. 

This year’s full walk from Richmond to Canary Wharf meant an earlier start than usual to get right across London in time to start walking at 10 am, but the sight of all those red t-shirts as more and more people arrived at all stations to Stratford and West Ham on the Jubilee Line, and then filling the trains from Waterloo to Richmond, certainly added to the excitement.  As we headed to the start at London Scottish Rugby Club in Richmond, we could see all of the other excited participants who were eager to meet up again with people that they may not have seen since the 2019 walk and get started on our twenty-mile trek from west to east London in the sunshine.

The initial part of the walk was through the leafy streets of Richmond but we soon arrived at the River Thames, which we would be following all the way to Tower Bridge. 

On we went until we reached Battersea Park where we could see the school minibus parked up with balloons and welcome refreshments and a mass of red t-shirts as people arrived for the start of the half walk and mingled with those coming through from Richmond. 

Off we went again with a bit of bridge crossing on the next section.  The aim was to try to be on the other side of the river to the crowds but, with the number of people in London almost back to pre-pandemic levels, this proved difficult to achieve!

After Tower Bridge, the last few miles took us along the streets of Wapping and back to the Thames to Canary Wharf Quay to go up the steps and around the corner to The Ledger Building for a well-deserved drink.

These walks could not take place without the volunteers who help on the day. Kim and Maria have been stalwarts over the years, leaving the school very
early in the morning to the get to the start and then straight on to the mid-point to register people, answer questions and make sure they have bottles of water and snacks.  Neil Jones drove the minibus for us this year and Tony Peters was at the finish again this year to give a warm reception to all of the finishers, present them with their certificates and sort out any problems at the end of the walk.

In addition, we would like to thank Waitrose in Upminster for their donation of chocolate biscuits, Olympic Food, H & J Foods for supplying all the water and Bidfood who supplied juice cartons, flapjacks and wrapped goodies.  Jo Landers, Catering Supervisor did a great job in coordinating these supplies.  If anyone can help with similar donations for next year, we would love to hear from you.

Fundraising:  Please return any sponsorship forms and cash (or cheques made payable to ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’) to the school’s Finance Office by Friday, 27th May.  If anyone has set up their own online donation page, please email bkenlin@thecampionschool.org.uk with the link.  This is simply to help us keep a tally of the total amount raised through this event.  The final total raised will be published on the school website after the May half-term holiday.  At the time of writing, our main Just Giving Page has raised £8,984.

There is no doubt that this year’s walk was a fantastic day.  This is partly due to the fact that everyone was ready for another walk, after missing out in 2020 and 2021, but also because everyone in the Campion community, the students and their families, the staff and their friends and families, the ex-students and staff and their friends and families (and everyone else who has been roped into doing it by someone), approaches the day with great anticipation and excitement.  Our spirits weren’t dampened in the years when the weather was not quite as good as this year!

We really hope to see you all next year and hope that the people who were not able to take part this year will do so next year on 29th April 2023.  Please make sure that you save the date. 

This year we had 436 people who signed up to take part.  Can we make 500 next year?

Barbara, Caroline, Chris & Peter
The Hit the Road Committee