We wanted to let you know that our Head of Collaborative Learning, Trevor Merriden, along with 20 cricketing Dads from St Albans, Herts, is walking 100km from Weymouth to Exmouth for charity.
Trevor and his merry band from the Garden Fields Cricket Club – also known as “Men of Fields”, or MoF for short – are a collection of Dads who play friendly evening matches of 20 overs against similar Dad teams within the St Albans area. MoF are described as “gentlemen, proper players and the rest are, well let’s just say. ‘useful chaps'”!
They’re raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and Children’s Charity in memory of Maisie Ryan of Garden Fields JMI School. All their children attend this school – and when Maisie died suddenly, aged 6 last year, they wanted to do something to honour her memory. So with the support of her parents, we came up with the idea of the walk.
Over the years the Men of Fields have raised money for charity by undertaking challenges such as the L2B bike ride, Cycling to Devon from St Albans and walked the circumference of the Isle of Wight.
When they heard of the tragic loss of little Maisie they came up with this idea – a long-distance 100km walk (60+ miles in old money) from Weymouth to Exmouth starting tomorrow 23 June and finishing on Sunday 25 June. They’ve had a fantastic response so far and have raised over £11K, but there’s still time to support MoF:
Their target is £20,000 so they still need your help. Please find it in your heart to give a little (or a lot if you want) for a great cause!
Long Walk update
We got an update on Wednesday 28 June from our ‘Man in the field’, Trevor:
“The final brave man crossed the line at about 8.30pm on Monday (26 June) night – broken but alive (just) after 3 days, 65 miles (over 100km) and just under 9,000 ft of climbing – and descending again (think Ben Nevis twice and then some).
To say it was tough was somewhat of an understatement – it was brutal – and your generous sponsorship has been well and truly earned! However lots of laughs and stories – never a dull moment – and, of course, lots of blisters. Thanks to everyone who has already made a donation!”
Please donate and share the Just Giving link with others on your social media channel of choice. And if you’d like to follow Trevor’s progress before, during and after the walk, you could ‘like’ the Garden Fields CC Facebook Page or follow them on Twitter: @GFcricketclub