Year 9 and 10 Pupils Raise Funds For Penhaligon's Friends Through Richard Lander Memorial Walk
In order to raise funds for Penhaligon's Friends, a local charity that supports bereaved children, Richard Lander pupils in partnership with St Agnes Rotary, decided to recreate the journey made by Richard Lander in 1813. At aged 9 Lander walked from Cornwall to London, in order to seek work.The Richard Lander Memorial Walk team consisting of eleven Richard Lander Pupils, four members of staff, three supporters of Penhaligon's Friends, and four Rotarians, set off from the Lander Monument Truro at 9.30 on Friday 20th April 2012. The Richard Lander pupils carried banners and the two Penhaligon's Friends bears, the larger of the two called Fudge and the baby bear, who was quickly named Fudgette. The team walked twelve miles to Kingsley Village which they covered in four hours and then the walkers were ferried back to Truro by minibus.On Saturday, despite cold and windy conditions, pupils, staff, and members of the public, joined Rotarians in the sponsored walk, where a combined Friday-Saturday total of 250 miles were completed towards the target of 280 miles. The youngest entrant was just a toddler and the oldest was a 79 year-old who walked three miles! Sunday saw the team driving to London stopping on route at Stonehenge for an educational visit, and then on to Richmond in Surrey for an overnight stop.On Monday morning on the last leg of the journey, the group walked into London covering a distance of approximately twelve miles. The pupils were shown the Albert Memorial, the Albert Hall, the Science and Natural History museums, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, and Covent Garden, where they experienced opera singing. Finally they walked to BBC Bush House where they were met by Sarah Newton MP. The walkers were then taken to the Houses of Parliament, The Cenotaph, the Treasury Building, Downing Street, and Portcullis House. Sarah was able to explain what life was like as an MP, together with some of the parliamentary procedures that enable government to operate. From there they went on to the main hall in the Palace of Westminster which was built in1061. Here its history was explained, including the fact that during a recent cleaning of the open roof trusses some tennis balls were found that had been lost there by King Henry 8th! The students returned to Cornwall that evening ready for school the next day having walked a collective total of more than the hoped for 280 miles, Well done to the students who took part and thanks to Mr A McReady for organising the event.