As if these chaps aren’t busy enough with exams, chorister duties, sports matches and much, much more. The amazing choristers gave up their Sunday to walk from Dean Close Preparatory School to Tewkesbury Abbey to raise much-needed funds for their tour next month to Sweden.

The night before parents were competitively comparing tray bakes to sustain the walkers the following day. On the Sunday the boys walked with their parents in beautiful sunshine, however the going was tough as the previous rainfall meant walking boots were heavily clagged in mud. The regular stops for brownies, flapjacks, chocolate fridge cake (particularly popular) manned by the Headmaster and the Director of Studies were a great morale boast to weary heavy legs and hungry walkers. Just when the team thought they had made it to the last mile, the end of the route had been washed away causing a detour. However, spirits remained high as everyone re-routed to complete the challenge. The muddy group were rewarded by kind Abbey staff and Choral Director, Simon Bell, greeting walkers with ice-creams and much needed cups of tea. The following day, despite being exhausted from their team building adventure, the boys still managed to sing a rousing Stanford anthem at Evensong.

Parent and organiser, Amelia Elwes said, “What a wonderful morning spent walking, laughing, singing, eating cake as well as raising funds for the boys’ tour. It is such a privilege to be part of the Chorister family, everyone really worked together to create a wonderful, positive event as well as having a lot of fun.”

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As well as trekking across the countryside, on perhaps one of the only dry days so far this summer, the boys have also been collecting coppers and unwanted clothes to try and help raise funds. They have done incredibly well with the current total standing at over £4,000.

When they leave for Sweden in July they will be performing concerts in the beautiful cathedrals of Uppsala and Vasteras. We wish them a successful tour.