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Headmaster Robert Lankester of Maidwell Hall contacted The Muir Maxwell Trust further to Christopher Biggins appearance on "Celebrity Who Wants to be a Millionaire" on New Years Day 2008. Christopher, who has been an enormous supporter of the charity since it was launched, nominated The Muir Maxwell Trust as his chosen charity and won £25,000 in support of our cause.

Every year Maidwell Hall nominates a different charity as the beneficiary of their annual sponsored walk. For the year 2008, touched in numerous ways by the consequences of epilepsy, Robert Lankester was looking for an epilepsy charity on behalf of the school. Christopher spoke at length about our work and Robert was impressed. With the approval of the boys, The Muir Maxwell Trust was identified as Maidwell Hall's chosen charity for this year's challenge.

Since then the charity's founder, Ann Maxwell, has visited Maidwell Hall and discussed the work of the Trust with the boys and their parents. As we at Muir Maxwell Trust were inspired by their fundraising initiative, so too were the boy's inspired by the work of the trust.  With a better understanding of the consequences of severe epilepsy in children, the boys are determined to raise as much money as possible to help improve the diagnosis, treatment and care of children with complex epilepsy.

The boy's challenge is enormous. - a 40 Mile walk over 3 days unsupported in the Lake District.  The Muir Maxwell Trust is privileged to be associated with this outstanding fund raising initiative and wish all participants - parents and teachers too - every success in June.

Thank you on behalf of all our beneficiaries.
Ann Maxwell

Maidwell Hall Walkers

The Expedition:  5th - 8th June 2008

Immediately after their Common Entrance exams on 5th June twelve 12-13 year old boys from Maidwell Hall School tackled the challenge of crossing the Lake District from Buttermere to Ullswater. Eight of their fathers and three of their mothers also took on the challenge led by their Headmaster. The route took them up three significant mountains: Great Gable, Scafell Pike (the highest mountain in England) and Helvellyn (the second highest mountain in England). The total distance walked was 31 miles and they averaged 8 hours walking per day. In addition this was an unsupported expedition and everyone had to carry big rucksacks with food, water, clothing, cookers and tents. We were helped by good weather, lots of streams for cooling off in, and Angle Tarn for a mountain swim. Everyone had their low points on the walk but equally it was great fun with a wonderful team atmosphere. It was an amazing feat to complete it successfully and it will certainly be the toughest thing they will do for a long time, perhaps for ever. It is hoped that a significant amount of money will have been raised for the Muir Maxwell Trust.

Robert Lankester
Headmaster, Maidwell Hall