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Alessandro's Walk for The Royal Marsden

Alessandro receives fabulous Holy Family welcome!

After walking a gruelling 1,300Km from John O Groats, Alessandro Sabelli finally arrived at Holy Family at 10.45am on Wednesday 22nd April 2015. Alessandro's marathon trek from the very top of Scotland to our school via The Royal Marsden hospital was completed to raise funds for The Oak Centre at The Marsden. This is a specialist children's centre that provides much needed care and support for sick children receiving treatment and their families. Although very tired and aching in every muscle, Alessandro was full of smiles at the warm reception he received from our children and staff. Year 2, enthusiastically waving flags and cheering, lined the route for his entrance to the school grounds then joined him as he walked along the drive to the playground where he was met by more flag waving and loud cheers courtesy ofchildren in Reception and Year 1. Alessandro described it as the best welcome he had received on his entire journey.

Waiting on the playground to greet and thank Alessandro was Esme from Year 1. Esme has completed 1,332 treatments at The Royal Marsden and Alessandro was amazed at her incredible long chain of 1,332 beads which was proudly diplayed by Esme's friends. There was certainly a tear in his eye as he described Esme as the real hero before posing alongside her for some press photographs.

Alessandro was very happy to receive a giant cheque for £300 thanks to all the generosity of staff, children and parents at Holy Family. His walk has raised over £5,000 for The Royal Marsden which is a fantastic effort on his part. Following the fun in the playground, Alessandro gave an inspirational speech to KS2 children in the hall during which he explained his motivation for the walk. He also spoke clearly about the true value of friends, particularly his walking partner Peter who completed the journey alongside him.

Inspired by Alessandro's words and deeds, the KS2 children then went out onto the field to complete a 1.5Km race. Wearing their DeSalve wristbands to record their times electronically, we competed in a virtual challenge with Wallace Fields School, Epsom who also ran the 1.5Km at exactly the same time. The whole experience on Wednesday was an incredible one for the children where so many invaluable life lessons were learned. I hope they have been inspired by Alessandro to aim high for their targets and never give up, even when things seem too difficult.