News headlines – May 2019

8 May 2019    Remembering Richard Garrett and raising funds for Macmillan
7 May 2019    Mark Ackred (Pennell 1991-96) takes part in record-breaking game of rugby - on Everest!
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8 May 2019 - Remembering Richard Garrett and raising funds for Macmillan

Emma Garrett (Nugent 1984-86) and a group of Old Eastbournians will be walking from Brighton to Eastbourne next month in memory of Richard Garrett (Reeves 1980-85), while helping to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Richard died in December 2018, having been diagnosed with bowel cancer nine years previously.

Emma tells us: 'It’s a 25-mile walk he and I did many moons ago as schoolkids as a fundraiser for Eastbourne College’s Big School after it burnt down in 1981. Rich also ran school cross-country races along this route for many years. When we were 'courting' we would often walk this way and, in recent years, many a blustery family walk has taken place on the South Downs Way. It holds many precious memories.'

A group of ten, calling themslves 'Garrett's Garrison', will be taking part in the walk on Saturday 8 June. Among them will be OEs Belinda Le Brocq (Nugent 1986-88), Fenella Troup (Nugent 1986-88), Fiona Lock (Nugent 1986-88), Katie Seymour (Nugent 1986-88) and Greg Lunn (School 1976-81), as well as Emma's daughter Tess.

Emma, pictured here with Richard, has set up a JustGiving page and would be grateful for any sponsorship and messages of goodwill: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/garrettsgarrison.

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7 May 2019 - Mark Ackred (Pennell 1991-96) takes part in record-breaking game of rugby - on Everest!

Mark Ackred (Pennell 1991-96) was one of a number of intrepid rugby players who recently took part in a match over 6,000m up Mount Everest.

The world record-breaking achievement was for the highest game of rugby, at 6,331m above sea level. It was part of the LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge, raising money for charitable projects for children in the UK and Ireland.

The players included international rugby players, leading business executives and a diverse range of people from the rugby community. Among the participants were internationals Lee Mears (England) and Shane Williams (Wales).

The group had spent two weeks acclimatising, dealing with altitude sickness, the symptoms of which include severe headaches, lack of sleep and loss of appetite. Having successfully played the highest ever game of touch rugby at Everest Base Camp (5,119m), the challengers progressed to Advanced Base Camp (6,200m) and then on to the East Rongbuk Glacier on Tuesday 30 April, where they set up a full-sized rugby pitch, including flags and make-shift posts, in accordance with Guinness World Record specifications.

Wooden Spoon, the children's charity of rugby, later said that the challenge had raised over £250,000 for disabled and disadvantaged children.

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