In support of Help for Heroes, and in order to commemorate the Great War centenary, a group of ten Seaford College staff, parents and former pupils made the journey to Old Seafordian grave sites. A total of 270 kilometres were covered by bike and minibus over the weekend, spread across Nothern France and Belgium.
A total of 11 cemeteries were visited over the Saturday and Sunday, and a small cross bearing the school crest left behind at each in a small ceremony, with a reading of the school prayer.
From the 35,000 soldiers commemorated at Tyne Cot to the few hundred at Tranchett de Mecknes, the graveyards and memorials were beautifully maintained and deeply moving. The visit to the Menin Gate coincided with the Belgian ‘European Day’ and the special ‘Last Post’ service reflected the depth of feeling of those involved.
The cycle ride replaced the annual ‘Seaford to Seaford’ bike ride as a way of marking the lives and sacrifices made, with the visit to J G Savage – the founder of Seaford College’s son – perhaps being the most memorable. Although this was the biggest event of the term planned in support of Help for Heroes, a series of other fundraising events is planned for the summer term at the College.
Seaford’s Headmaster John Green, thanked Matthew Pitteway for organising the event saying: “well done to everyone involved and thank you for your tremendous efforts on what was undoubtedly and very special experience.”
Those wishing to support Seaford College’s efforts for Help for Heroes can donate at Matthew Pitteway’s JustGiving page.