Lockdown has been made easier by the beautiful weather. Living on top of a hill, we get some amazing views, which seem to be at their best on a Thursday night when we are outside at 8pm clapping for carers. It has become the new normal.
Over Easter, whilst watching news of the virus unfold, I admired the efforts of the many fund raising events that had been taking place around the country for the NHS, and I thought about what I could do to help. Around this time my family started planning a marathon relay across four other families for the 2.6 Challenge on the same day that the London Marathon would have taken place. I hadn’t realised how much the other charities would be losing out, and how many of their fundraising events must have been cancelled, and I decided that by doing my own challenge we could raise even more.
After a quick test run, I realised that running 26km, despite being hard, would be achievable. We decided to raise money for CLIC Sargent, a charity that provides vital support for young people with cancer as their donations were down 60% this year. The charity has had a major impact on our family as they helped my cousin Leo when he had cancer, aged three. CLIC Sargent have continued to play a huge part in his recovery.
I started to prepare with some training in my garden and the nearby woods, however, there was the issue of not having any shoes, as I realised that my trainers were too small! Amazon solved that problem, and by the following Sunday I was ready. I completed the challenge successfully, managing to smash my fundraising goal; I’m so grateful to everyone who donated and helped to support the charity.
Things have certainly been different since the pandemic. With school online and being stuck in the same place I, like everyone else, can’t wait to get out of lockdown.
26th May 2020
Deeply missing Winchester, Rtvik reflects on his favourite things about the summer term, from BBQs to swimming in the river.
20th May 2020
It would have been his last term at Winchester so Zefaan is understandably nostalgic about the things he will miss this Cloister Time. His choice of 'Leavers Photo', outside Chantry with his Div don and class illustrates the impact on pupils of this unique approach to learning and exploration.
16th May 2020
According to his Div don, "more people have climbed Everest" and the final stages of an endurance event, such as this, will be the toughest, but sixth form pupil Freddie remains unfazed and focused on raising money for a charity close to his heart.
13th May 2020
A keen classics scholar, Tom draws comparisons with pandemics in history to inform his response to the current situation.
11th May 2020
Writing from Lagos, Arjun is using his extra spare time to fine tune his language skills and be more sociable, albeit virtually.
7th May 2020
The current lockdown has allowed Toby time to take pleasure in the simpler things in life.