Student ambassadors support Somerset Jubilee Jaunt

By Isabella, 12

Students Martha and Declan, along with Mr Brand, Leader of The Duke of Edinburgh Programme at PCSA, successfully took part in the Somerset Jubilee Jaunt in May. 

Year 10 Priory Community School Academy students, Martha and Declan, along with teacher and Duke of Edinburgh Ambassador, Mr Brand, went along to the Somerset Jubilee Jaunt on the 12th of May. They took a 3-mile walk and were joined by Miss Elliot and two other students from Worle Community School Academy. 

They joined the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Annie Maw, who was doing a 70-mile wheelchair marathon to celebrate 7 decades of Her Majesty, the Queen’s reign. 

Annie broke her back 20 years ago due to a horse-riding accident that resulted in her getting paraplegia. Paraplegia is partial or complete paralysis of the lower half of the body with the involvement of both legs due to an accident or disease.  However, she was not letting life in a wheelchair get in the way of what she described as her ‘Jubilee Jaunt.’

In April, Annie embarked on seven days of ten-mile journeys, across Somerset.  Each of these journeys had been planned and escorted by young people taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

On the Jubilee Jaunt website, Annie said: “My ambition is to celebrate the Queen’s 70 glorious years as our monarch and to dedicate this as a Somerset tribute to her on her Platinum Jubilee.

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The Jaunt started at Steart Marshes on April 3rd. Day 2 went along the old Chard-Ilminster railway line on May 9th. Day 3 was the Weston super Mare region on May 12th. Day 4 was Portishead/Clevedon on May 18th. Day 5 will be along the Bridgwater-Taunton Canal on May 23rd. Day 6 will be a coastal jaunt in the Minehead area on July 9th. And the final journey will be an Exmoor jaunt on July 23rd.

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