Doddie Weir Foundation Challenge


As previously reported, at the start of this year the Reigatian community set themselves the challenge of walking, running or cycling the distance between the Home 6 Nations’ rugby grounds (England – Twickenham, Scotland – Murrayfield, Ireland – Aviva Stadium, Wales – Principality Stadium) and back, a total 1,724km by 21 February! The aim was to raise £1,600. However, it soon became obvious that the initial distance was too short, so the challenge was extended to include Paris and Rome, a round trip of 6,445km!

The take up from students, staff, parents and alumni of the school has been amazing – linking the PE challenge of the week using Strava art to the competition between the different facets of the community (staff beating  parents by just one entry).

It has been a pleasure to witness the school and wider community come together towards a common goal, where the joint effort benefits those fighting this awful disease. Seeing students and their families getting outside and taking part in physical activity during these tricky times has been fantastic.

The fact motor neurone disease does not have a cure is both upsetting and unusual in an age where medical science is so advanced. The challenge has raised over £2,300 to support this fight which is tremendous and as an added benefit it has raised awareness within the community of the difficulties faced by those less fortunate.

The determination that Doddie Weir and others show in their fight against this disease is inspirational and serves as a reminder to us all to live every day to its fullest and grasp the opportunities we are afforded.

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