Charterhouse Memorial Award 2015

Benjamin Bradley, Hamish MacKinnon, Maximilian Hitchins, Thomas Weston

coast-to-coast hike

Their story, in their words…

“The four of us embarked on our journey north on 13thJune 2015, ready and prepared to attempt the formidable task of trekking two hundred miles across the north of England. Starting from St Bees in the west and finishing in Robin Hood’s bay in the east, we negotiated our way through the soaring peaks of the Lake District and the rolling plains of the Yorkshire Dales and Moors.

We were motivated to complete this endeavour in the hope of raising money for two worthy charities: the Royal British Legion and the Mark Evison Foundation. At Charterhouse, we had been made aware of theFoundation and its terrific work and learnt of Lieutenant Mark Evison’s courage and bravery, all of which greatly inspired us to undertake our project.

Starting at St. Bees, where we each picked a pebble from the shore to carry through to the other side, the first part of the walk involved traversing through the mountainous terrain of the Lake District; these were certainly our toughest days. Reflecting on Lt. Evison’s immense courage and remembering the causes we were raising money for, gave us a huge lift and were key in motivating us to carry on.

Upon emerging from the Lake District we faced the challenge of traversing the abounding plains and hills of Yorkshire. The terrain here was flatter but still hilly in parts, and some of the most arduous days saw uswalking upwards of twenty miles. Passing through local towns such as Kirkby Stephen and Richmond, we witnessed some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK.

Upon reaching Robin Hood’s Bay and throwing our pebbles into the North Sea, we were both ecstatic and relieved to have completed our goal. We were further elated to know that we had raised over £4500 for both the MEF and the Royal British Legion, a total that far exceeded our original expectations. We hope that others will be encouraged to undertake similar endeavours just as we were inspired to tackle this one.