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Canons High School

London to Brighton Charity Bicycle Run

New Canons High Principal Mr David Bullock (although he's coming up to end of his first year now!) invited staff members to join him in a charity London to Brighton bicycle run, in aid of a charity close to his heart.

Mr Bullock first got involved in raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust when working at a previous school. A young lad there, Oli Mills, died of a brain tumour aged just 18 and friends and staff wanted to do something tangible in memory of Oli and to help other young people affected by cancer.

David's call went out to our staff and a brave squad answered, ready for the cycling challenge ahead.


The Canons Team met up at Clapham Common, just south of the River Thames in central London, before setting off on the carefully laid out but self-supported and self-guided 55 mile (88.5km) route, looking great in their Teenage Cancer Trust cycling jerseys. The weather was fine and their ride went well, Canadian born Art Teacher Miss S Snyder keeping their morale up with shouts of "Canada can do!"

The cool sea air in Brighton was a welcome relief, but not before they'd overcome a major obstacle standing in their way just 7 miles from the end of their journey, the dreaded Ditchling Beacon! This chalk hill is the highest point in East Sussex and has a particularly steep north face. The road goes up and over this hill and if riding a bike, it can be an incredible challenge. One of our team overcoming this obstacle and completing the ride was our Faculty Leader of Creative, Performance & Media Arts,  Miss L Macnamara, who was happy to admit to me that Ditchling Beacon was "the hardest thing I have ever done!"

Enormous congratulations and huge respect to David, his staff, friends and family who joined him on this amazing and no doubt, unforgettable charity bicycle ride. Officially they raised just a tad under £700 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, but also raised awareness, spirits and personal expectations.



Young people shouldn’t have to face cancer alone.

Every day seven young people aged 13-24 find out that they have cancer. Teenage Cancer Trust provide care and support for teenagers and young people with cancer across the UK at a time when they need it the most.

With 28 specialist units at NHS hospitals and a broad range of fantastic outreach and educational programmes, they need our help.