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Chapel High Students are Charity Champions

Amanda Barton

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Chapel en le Frith Chapel en le Frith High School Combs Valley Teenage Cancer Trust Simon Grieves

Photo courtesy of P.Henshall

Blue skies and soaring temperatures provided the backdrop for Chapel-en-le-Frith High School’s annual sponsored walk on Thursday 7th June. Over 140 Year 10 students – almost the whole year group – were accompanied by staff on the walk. The event raises money for the year group’s chosen charity – the Teenage Cancer Trust.  

Now in its twentieth year, the hike takes in the stunning scenery of the Combs Valley on a hilly seven-mile stretch. Students and staff were rewarded with a barbecue back at school. 

Chapel High School has a long history, and busy schedule, of fundraising events, with non-uniform days, cake sales and lunchtime activities raising thousands of pounds each year for charities including the Alzheimer’s Society, Macmillan Cancer Support and Children in Need. 

“We’ve completed the sponsored walk every year since 1998, with the exception of 2001 when the Foot and Mouth outbreak prevented it,” said organiser and science teacher, Mark Jones. “During that time we’ve raised over £40,000. Last year we raised £3600 and split the proceeds with "rideforcharlie", a charity set up in memory of young cyclist Charlie Craig, as a lot of our Year 10s were good friends with him and went to primary school together. This year we hope to meet our target of £2000.”

Teenage Cancer Trust Education and Awareness Manager Kelly Scott, a High Peak resident, talks to students in school each year about the work of the Trust, as well as cancer awareness. “The Trust funds specialist units, staff, education and support events for young people aged between 13 and 24 suffering from cancer in all its forms,” she said. “It aims to create wards in which our patients are treated as young people first, in an environment that promotes the peer support and teenage spirit they so urgently and desperately require.”

Head teacher Simon Grieves, who completed the walk with students, added, “This is a fantastic event and it’s good to see another group of teenagers taking up the challenge of fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust. We’ve raised tens of thousands of pounds for the charity over the years and we are looking forward to contributing more this year.”

For more information on the work of the Teenage Cancer Trust, or to make a donation, see www.teenagecancertrust.org.