Sponsored Walk 2023

Sponsored Walk 2023
1st Dec 2023
Written by ASM

Southborough supports The Children's Trust, Tadworth


When Southborough sixth former Rio Crocker sustained a serious head injury in a freak accident earlier this year, his family and friends knew that he had a long and arduous journey ahead of him.

After receiving first class preliminary care from the NHS, it was The Children’s Trust, Tadworth that then provided the wonderful care and specialist treatment that Rio needed to help him on his road to recovery.

 The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with acquired brain injury. They deliver rehabilitation, education and community services through their highly skilled teams who work with children and young people, and their families.

More than nine months on –and thanks to the hard work, expertise and dedication of staff at The Children’s Trust - Rio has made tremendous progress and has since been transferred back to a NHS hospital closer to home where he will continue with his treatment.

To show its utmost appreciation towards The Children’s Trust charity, Southborough High School wanted to ‘give back’.

As a result, last Friday over 25 sixth formers and Southborough staff –led by Headteacher Mr Niall Smith - set off early from the school, based in Surbiton, and walked the ten miles to The Children’s Trust, Tadworth. A Just Giving page was set up for people to sponsor the walk and make donations.

Luckily the weather stayed clear and bright and the group arrived around lunchtime to a very warm welcome from staff at The Children’s Trust rehabilitation centre in Tadworth. The icing on the cake was that Rio was there to greet all his friends.

So far, Southborough has raised over £1,400 for The Children’s Trust and hopes to support the charity in the future.

On behalf of Southborough High School, we wish to thank The Children’s Trust for all the amazing work that it did for our friend Rio –and for the many thousands of other children and teenagers with acquired brain injury that they have supported over the years.

Thank you also to Headteacher Mr Smith, Mrs Coen and Mr Iles for leading this worthwhile event and to the wonderful sixth formers who part!