Daneshill School in North Hampshire, has announced that its new Headmaster, Mr David Griffiths, is to undertake a mammoth stilt walk for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. Mr Griffiths, who started at the school in September, will be walking 253 miles along the Lon Las trail.
The Lon Las trail is a famous cycle route which begins at Holyhead in Anglesey and travels the length of Wales to finish in Cardiff Bay. The walk is inspired by Mr Griffiths’ sister-in-law who is suffering from lung cancer. Beginning next July, the stilt walk will take 10 days with a near-marathon of 25 miles being completed each day. David hopes to raise in excess of £10,000 in support of the charity.
Mr Griffiths said: “Lung cancer remains a misunderstood illness with many sufferers never having smoked. My aim is to raise awareness of the condition as well as to raise some much-needed cash for a worthy charity”. When asked why he chose this challenge he replied, “I’ve cycled much of the trail in the past and wanted to do something a little bit different. Stilts seemed like a good choice and no one has done it before!”
‘We knew he would bring a lot to the school but not necessarily a pair of stilts!’
Since trying stilts on for the first time a month ago, Mr Griffiths has made rapid progress. “I do look a little odd stilt-walking around the Stratfield Saye Estate and the local lanes. However, when people understand why I am doing this, they always give a ready smile and wish me luck.”
Mr Adam Spencer, the Bursar at the family-owned school said: “We were more than a little surprised when David told us about his stilt walking plans. We knew he would bring a lot to the school but not necessarily a pair of stilts! It is, however, a brilliant cause and we are delighted to be able to support him.”