On Friday 28th March, staff and students from Moulton College undertook the annual General Education Sponsored Walk to raise money for the Residential Fund. This fund enables students on various General Education courses to participate in residential visits to enrich their experience at college and to build and develop their social skills. Trips supported by the fund include the Pathway to Progress visit to Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire, and the Rural Skills Year 2 trip to PGL in Caythorpe.
The sponsored walk began at Moulton College, and took students through the farm, around Pitsford Reservoir and back again. Each student raised sponsorship individually for the 11 mile trek, which took most of the college day to complete.
This year, over 60 students participated in the walk, some even missing their much-enjoyed vocational lessons to support the fund-raising attempt. They were accompanied by around 20 members of teaching and support staff from various departments across the college. Despite the walk taking place earlier in the year than usual, the weather was favourable and the sun eventually broke through the grey and foggy morning . Special mentions go to Frankie Townsend, Tony Bailey, Alice Loveridge and Luke Chapman for making an outstanding effort, and Titus Draper for his continued support of students who were struggling. Skills for Independence students Charlotte Ellaway, Paul Craigen, Will Pinfold and Alex Rosza are to be congratulated for a brilliant group effort, as they walked together and supported one another for the whole 11 miles. Participants were also extremely grateful for the efforts of Amy Ambrose, Stanley Stonebanks, Aimee Knight and Jake Sturgess who worked exceptionally hard in the kitchens to prepare a barbecue feast, providing much needed nourishment for walkers before the final few miles.
As well as raising valuable funds for residential trips, this event was a great opportunity for students to get out of the classroom into the fresh air, exercising and building their confidence and social skills.