An exhausted but exuberant group of pupils from King Edward’s Witley arrived back to School at around 11am last Wednesday morning after walking for an incredible 19 hours 51 minutes through the night to complete the challenging journey from Southwark Cathedral to Witley. The journey was a symbolic reminder of the School’s move from Southwark to the Surrey Hills 150 years ago this year.
Whilst their fellow pupils returned to Witley on Tuesday via the luxury of coach travel following the School’s anniversary service at Southwark Cathedral, the ten Sixth Form volunteers made the 51-mile journey back to School on foot to raise over £3,600 for Bridewell Royal Hospital, King Edward’s Witley’s parent foundation, which provides bursaries for disadvantaged students to attend the well-known Surrey school.
Covering a distance which is almost double that of the famous London MoonWalk, The Bridewell Night Walk followed the pomp and ceremony of the Bridewell Day Service attended by HRH The Duchess of Gloucester GCVO, which commemorated the School’s Royal foundation in 1553 and long-standing historical links with the City of London. The ceremony also marked the beginning of a year of celebrations to remember the 150th anniversary of King Edward’s moving from London to the current 100-acre site in Witley.
Accompanied by 8 members of staff, the pupils left London at 3pm arriving back in Witley to a hero’s welcome!
Commenting on their achievement, Lower Sixth Form pupil Sam Dyer said, “51 Miles sounds like a lot, but when you really get down to it, it's longer than you could ever imagine. As the evening wore on and turned into day, the only thing that sustained us was force of will, and the company that surrounded us.”
The pupils’ efforts were commended by Headmaster, John Attwater who said, “We are extremely proud of the pupils who dreamt up this challenge for themselves and the incredible feat of endurance that it represents. Their determination, initiative, tenacity and commitment to helping others sums up all we try to achieve at King Edward’s and the key to our students’ success.”