A Liverpool Perspective by Carol Bennett (Shewsy Administrator)
A contingent of six of us joined the Shrewsbury School sponsored walk which is held to raise funds for the Club every 5 years.
We set off from Liverpool by car in the dark and were met by a spectacular dawn which promised great things to come. On arrival at the School we were met by friendly faces and warm greetings – and a huge queue for buses to the starting point as the whole school had gathered to take part!
We enjoyed a wonderful day with lots of spectacular scenery, para-gliders and hang gliders to take our mind off the first uphill challenge. The walk was certainly well planned – with enthusiastic support at every marshall point ensuring we had drinks, toilet facilities and the determination to carry on to the end.
Having set off presuming I would make half way I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the BBQ site for lunch. The second half of the route through the Long Mynd along Stiperstones and a downhill path through woodland was tricky on the old knees but only one blister later it was pleasant to discover we were being told ‘15 minutes in that direction’ once we hit a tarmac road.
The end of the walk promised not only a pub with loo, but also an ice cream van. A dash through a small ford at the finish line to gain our reward from the ice cream van was an excellent end to a wonderful walk.
A huge thanks to everyone who walked, marshalled, cooked and tidied up afterwards. It was a pleasure to meet so many of you as we passed you by throughout the day. Your cheerfulness and welcome kept us going!
The whole Shrewsbury School community spent Thursday 22nd September in the Shropshire Hills on a 30-kilometre sponsored walk to raise much-needed funds for the Shewsy.
Over 900 walkers took part – including all the pupils, teachers, many support staff, a number of parents and governors and members of the Shewsy itself.
See the timelapse video of their walk here on YouTube:
Thanks to their efforts the Sponsored Walk raised the incredible total of £78,397!
Dave Brereton, Shewsy team leader said: ‘This is an astonishing amount of money raised and far exceeds our wildest expectations. It will enable us to continue to offer engaging and challenging opportunities for club members. This funding is a lifeline for the young people of Everton. Club members and staff have been completely overwhelmed by the amount raised and this has given all at the club a massive boost to morale”.
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The Shewsy has bid a sad farewell to Steve Waterhouse who passed away on 8th February 2016. Steve was an amazing supporter of Shrewsbury House and his many and varied contributions are inspirational to those of us entrusted with continuing the youth and community work tradition.
His enthusiasm and commitment to events such as the Shewsy summer Fair and the Out of the Blue festival were remarkable. He was one of the first there and one of the last to leave and he often took the lead role in coordinating the many community events he was involved in. This years events will not be the same without him and his infectious enthusiasm and belief he brought to communities throughout the city will be sadly missed.
His formal role at Shrewsbury House was as a member of the Board of Management and also in a supervisory capacity offering support and guidance to the team leader. His knowledge, insights and observations were invaluable to those of us priveldged to have worked alongside him. His astute and often witty responses to problems were a calming influence that enabled perspective and clarity on many occasions. Steve was a friend, mentor, motivator, leader and epitomised the notion of teamwork.
Thanks for everything Steve…a quality human being.