Sixth Formers Daniel Little and James Thompson are planning a 50-mile charity walk to raise hundreds of pounds for the British Heart Foundation. The duo are joining forces with two friends from Lodge Park and one from Tresham College to take on the challenge that will take them on a circular walk from Rockingham around Rutland Water and back, avoiding roads and using only public footpaths.
Daniel decided he wanted to raise money for the charity after surviving a major heart operation at just three days old: ‘I had transposition of the great arteries of my heart so I had to go for an operation and now I want to pay it back for the people who made that possible. It has been in my mind for pretty much all of my life, to help and give back to the people that helped me.’
So far Daniel has raised £213 on his own, beating his initial target of £150 and all five young men are pooling their fundraising at the end of the trip. Daniel and James will be manning a stall outside the restaurant for the rest of this week so staff and students can sponsor them or make a donation.
On the IEC diploma Daniel trekked the walk as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme while James was on the charity fundraising team, so both are confident that they can meet the two-day challenge. They will camp overnight and are taking all their kit, tents and food with them on the trek. James said: ‘This is just another opportunity to raise money for a good cause and we will be wearing charity t-shirts and collecting funds in the villages that we walk through as well.’