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Northam Walk 2017


On Sunday 5th March 19 Canford pupils took part in the annual Northam Walk.  The aim of the sponsored walk was to raise money for the charity City Reach.  This year the weather was challenging with the Canfordians being faced with hail and strong winds, but after 18 miles and 7 long hours the walk from Hengistbury Head back to Canford was completed and £1250 was raised.

The City Reach project is a long-term partnership between our pupils and the inner city community of Northam.  For the people of Northam, the project provides an opportunity to take part in a range of activities which it is sometimes difficult for them to access and also provides support for the work of the Community Centre and its leaders, and at the same time offers Canford pupils the opportunity to contribute in a deprived city area; and to help younger members of that community.

Two pupils involved in the walk wrote of their experiences:

“After a short minibus journey we arrived at Hengistbury, ready for the walk. Everyone was wrapped up warm, but the freezing cold wind was still a bit of a shock! There was a great group atmosphere as we fought against the elements together, with the occasional stop at McDonalds or a café providing the energy needed to pull through. Spirits remained high throughout the day, despite lots of rain showers, it even started hailing once. Everyone crossed the finish line at Canford in good time after finishing the fun but exhausting 18 miles, ready for a rest. Before the walk I went around house asking for donations, and raised £80, which I was very happy with, and this provided me with the motivation to keep going. Overall it was a great experience and I look forward to doing it again next year!”

Jacob Hill, School House Lower Sixth

“On Sunday the 5th of March myself and 18 other Canfordians participated in a 18 mile walk from Hengistbury Head to Canford.  It was a gruelling 7 and a bit hours, but rewarding nonetheless.  We were brilliantly led by Mr Allen and his team of staff helpers.  We walked thorough many places, most memorably, Boscombe and Bournemouth piers, the Jazz cafe in Sandbanks, Whitecliffe, Poole Old Town, Holes Bay (an obligatory McDonalds stop) and through the final leg of Broadstone. As a side note: we were efficiently entertained by Rev and Mrs Jack’s parkour crazy boys from Hengistbury Head to Bournemouth!  We were attacked by hail and wind on more than one occasion, and it seemed the weather was a little confused as we ended in glorious sunshine.  There was no fear or trepidation in any Canfordian, it was simply, pure, unbridled enthusiasm for the deserving cause that so many of us love.  I can confirm that it was truly worth it, and I am sure many of us would do it again.”

Claudia Jacobs, Beaufort House Lower Sixth

Thank you to the staff that organised the walk and who walked with them on the day.  For more information about the City Reach Project please visit: