Stuart Patman

When The Malcolm Whales Foundation was being created by Damien, I was privileged to be asked to become a Trustee. Why would I turn down the opportunity to be a part of something so incredible?

As I update this, the Foundation is celebrating its 10th year…who knew in 2008 it would grow to this! The first Sponsored Walk in Dorset started with a small group of students from Ely College. I am so glad to have been a part of the first walk and since its beginning, I haven’t missed a single year.

When I look back over the years, its great to think about how many of our teenagers have been involved in raising money for such as great cause. The school has also supported the students, enabling visits to children’s cancer wards during Christmas’ to share gifts, all funded by the Malcolm Whales Foundation.

It’s been really pleasing to see the walk expand from just 30 students, to 165 +, including friends, families and many other external organisations. In recent years we’ve had members of the RAF, Climbing Out and Edgars Gift, two charities we now work in partnership with.

I came into teaching to inspire students and give them real life experiences. Those involved with the Foundation would agree, it’s an excellent way to engage young people in an amazing experience, one which they will remember for many years to come.

On a personal level my family and friends have also joined in the fundraising efforts of the Foundation, which has been so rewarding to see.

In my spare time I also enjoy sports, with football and skiing being two passions of mine. I also enjoy a good practice walk with my walking companion, Tess my dog. She’s even completed the walk three times! Not bad for four short legs.

I look forward to seeing what we can do in the next 10!

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