The Team

Congratulations to the St Joan of Arc Road to Rouen Team who returned to the school in Rickmansworth at 3pm yesterday (Monday 15th October 2012) to a waiting school community ready to welcome and congratulate them on their achievements. The Road to Rouen Challenge started at St Joan of Arc Catholic School, Rickmansworth on Friday 12th October at 9am when a team of five staff and two parents set off for Rouen in France. The round trip of 250 miles took the team four days to complete.

Over the course of the four days the team pushed their bodies to the limit while averaging speeds of 15mph, taking falls, suffering tyre punctures and broken chains along the way. This was done all in the cause of the school’s charity, Udayan, a home, school and medical unit for children of leprosy sufferers in Calcutta, India. The team have so far raised an amazing £7,000 for Udayan with still more money promised.

The team’s arrival at St Joan of Arc

Speaking after the welcoming reception Liam Lynch, School Chaplin, said:
“Thank you for such a reception. What we as a community have achieved is amazing. Before we have supported Udayan in many ways including buying bunk beds for the kids to sleep on, sending teachers to teach English and stocking their library with books. But this time we’ve done it differently. In the past when we’ve raised money it’s been for something specific or to help some of our students go out to visit. This time we will be simply putting a cheque of around £8000 into the hands of James, who founded the centre, to use however it may help the children best!”

The school community congratulating the returning team