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Wilson Charity Half Marathon for Mind

On Sunday afternoon over 30 members of Wilson House completed a half marathon around the local area to fundraise for Mind, a mental health charity in England and Wales.

After a House discussion earlier in the year Wilson House decided they wanted to complete a charity run to fundraise for Mind. House Captain Jack D. said “The initial idea was for us to complete a charity run and we set ourselves a fundraising target of £2000. We then settled on the idea of running a half marathon to raise awareness for the charity Mind. We chose this charity because we believe that no one should have to suffer in silence and that everybody deserves to get the help they need.”

Early morning training sessions for the half marathon began at the start of the Summer Term with Mr Scott de Weymarn. This helped prepare the students for the physical challenge ahead and they ran, regardless of the weather conditions. Jack commented that "I personally benefitted from the training sessions as it showed me the challenge I would have to face in the coming days before the run.”

At 2 pm on Sunday they set off on the 13.1 mile run around the local area. Even the boys who were unable to run chipped in by marshalling the course, making it a real House effort. Once over the finish line, the boys had a moment to reflect on what they had achieved together. “We were so proud of each other for pushing ourselves to the best of our abilities and we accomplished something great." - Jack.

Assistant Housemaster, Mr de Weymarn added “I couldn’t be prouder of the boys and what they have achieved for a fantastic charity. We would all like to thank those who have donated and enabled us to reach our target, it really is appreciated by all the boys and the staff of Wilson House.”

Although they have smashed their target, there is still time to donate on their JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wilson-house-for-mind