Schoolmates of a teenager who suffered life-changing injuries in a rugby match walked 32 miles to help raise money for his recovery.
Current and former Stamford School pupils showed their support for the #teamgeorge campaign by organising a walk from Stamford to the coast. A group of 14 teenagers set off from Stamford early on Saturday morning (January 2) and covered 20 miles to Spalding that day, before walking a further 12 miles to the Lincolnshire coast on Sunday (January 3). They had hoped to raise £500, but thanks to generous donations have so far collected more than £4,000.
Harry Martin, who organised the walk, said: “It went really well. The weather held out for us until later on the second day, when the heavens opened, so we got pretty battered but we only had a couple of miles left to go. The whole cause is to raise money to aid George’s rehabilitation and recovery.”
The walkers included 11 Old Stamfordians and three current pupils, some of whom are George’s classmates. Harry’s brother Sam is in the same year as George and has visited him in hospital.
“We all clubbed together and thought of the walk,” said Harry. “We couldn’t just do nothing. We had to show our support.”
A Facebook page in support of #TeamGeorge has been set up, and people can donate online at www.justgiving.com/teamgeorge2015.
Pick up Friday’s paper (January 8) for a full report on the campaign.