A spinal injury, resulting in having to use a wheelchair, is a devastating blow of fate. Luckily, a Cumbrian charity, the Charles Foundation, works with people who have to adjust to life with impaired mobility, giving advice and training, raising awareness, and helping with the supply of specialist kit.

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School’s school council was so impressed by the work of this local charity that they decided to support it with some of the proceeds of their annual Sponsored Walk. In a recent assembly, student representatives were able to hand over a cheque for £2000 to Annemarie Robson, a trustee of the charity who told the assembled year 7 students about the day-to-day work of the foundation and passed on a message of thanks from Charles Deans, the founder of the organisation.

Students Joseph Gonzales, Kitty Leigh, Lauren Waugh, Luke Morris, Sula Cotterell and George Boyd were chosen to represent their peers in the assembly because they had raised the most money in their respective year groups.

The Sponsored Walk, on a ten-mile route from school to Dalemain and back, raised around £8000 this academic year. QEGS school council decides how to spend this money and this year chose to spend half on much needed new flooring for the Drama Studio and the other half on two charities. Thus another cheque for £2000 is now on its way to the Teenage Cancer Trust.


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