Following a year of fundraising, children at a Balham school handed over a £5, 000 cheque to the founder of the Geoff Thomas Foundation, one of the UK’s Leukaemia research charities, ex-England and Crystal Palace footballer Mr Thomas himself. Pupils and staff at Hornsby House School, just a short walk across Wandsworth Common from the Magdalen Estate, pedalled furiously during a sponsored triathlon-themed day, with the 200 older children cycling 250 metres each, clocking up a total of over 50 kilometre. Although not quite big enough to be involved in using the specially designed bikes-fitted in frames that kept them stationary in the playground, lower school pupils also had fun riding around on tricycles, and wearing triathlon-related sports gear to school.
The hard work didn’t stop there, with head of PE Craig Davies and Director of Sport Mark Peters both competing in the Barcelona Triathlon to raise funds for the same cause, a challenge that was the hardest physical endurance test either of them had ever experienced, Mr Peters commented.
If you know of any school, club or other organisation that’s doing great work for charity in and around the Magdalen Estate, please do let us know, and we can give them a well-deserved mention in our blog.Google+