School sponsored ride raises £500

Cyclists who visited the Battle of Britain Memorial at the end of a sponsored ride from their school in Gravesend handed over a cheque for £500 this morning (16 Oct).

The 12 students and 14 staff from St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School, led by chemistry teacher Andy Watts and history specialist Colm Murphy, reached Capel-le-Ferne at the end of a 60-mile ride.

Mr Murphy regularly brings parties of pupils to the site, taking advantage of the tours offered by site manager Jules Gomez and his team and visiting The Scramble Experience to find out more about the Battle of Britain.

Harry Cussins, one of the pupils, all aged between 14 and 18, collected an impressive £490 towards a sponsorship total of £1,900, which is being split between various charities.

“We headed for Capel-le-Ferne because the Battle of Britain Memorial is just such a fantastic place to visit,” said Mr Murphy. “I regularly take groups to visit the site, and our younger Polish students are particularly moved by the Memorial.

“The views are fantastic, the shop and café are terrific and the site is a great place to reflect quietly on the sacrifices made by the men who fought the Battle of Britain. I visit regularly, not only when I bring school parties, and it just seemed the obvious place to end the ride in June.”

The cheque was handed over to Battle of Britain Memorial Trust Hon Secretary Patrick Tootal and Trustee Andy Simpson.

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