Charity Hike Goes Virtual

Returning for its 55th year, CHS’s annual Charity Hike celebrated its biggest walk yet when trekkers from far and wide took part in the School’s first social event of the academic year – virtually!

Started in 1966 by walker and former CHS Teacher of Geography, Ian Ray, the School’s Charity Hike began 54 years ago and usually sees its Senior School pupils embarking upon a 20km walk. This year, with social distancing restrictions in place, the School extended the invitation to all and invited walkers, cyclists and skaters to cover the 5 mile or 8 mile distance in one virtual expedition to raise money for charity.

CHS families from Pre-School to Sixth Form, staff, Old Waconians (former pupils and staff) and even members of the public all laced up their boots and took part the challenge, then shared their ‘hiking selfies’ with the School community. Some walkers even continued the Charity Hike tradition of completing their miles whilst wearing fancy dress!

Ian said: “I’m very pleased that the Charity Hike was able to continue this year. It was an enjoyable walk ‘virtually’ and whilst the sponsorship is still coming in, we’ve already raised a huge amount which will be divided between East Cheshire Hospice, 42nd Street, Beechwood Cancer Care, and Child Flight, along with Hope 4 the World and CHS’s work in the Gambia.”

Stay tuned! We’ll update the story with news of the grand total of funds raised as soon as all the donations have been received and counted.