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On Friday 15 January 2016 St John’s welcomed renowned explorer and star of Channel 4 documentary ‘Walking the Himalayas’ Levison Wood to give an illustrated talk on his latest expedition. The talk was in aid of the AMECA Trust, of which Levison is a patron.
Housemaster of Churchill House Richard Jones opened the evening and welcomed over 500 guests. He explained that St John’s has nine boarding houses, and each house chooses one charity every year to fundraise for – AMECA being the chosen charity of Churchill House.
A charity committed to healthcare delivery, healthcare education and the training of healthcare professionals in sub-Saharan African countries, the Trust was founded by Ruth Markus in memory of her son Alex, a former pupil at St John’s.
Levison spoke in depth on his Himalayan adventure, and offered a question and answer session to guests. One tip he made was that it was always good to have something clean and smart as you’ll never know who you may meet – which came in handy when he happened to meet the Dalai Lama and had a spare shirt!
Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the Trust’s continued efforts to make a difference through a number of sustainable initiatives, and local bookshop Barton’s Books also made a generous donation from their sale of Levison’s books for signing.
Events manager at St John’s, Katherine Colbrook commented: ‘Our pupils work hard to involve themselves in local charities and continually raise funds for a number of organisations across the country, and we are thrilled to have welcomed the AMECA Trust, and of course, Levison Wood. The event was a fantastic success, and we would like to extend our thanks to Levison for a fascinating and animated talk, and to the boys in Churchill House for their help.’
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