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Two Derwen College Charity champions are dusting off their walking boots and donning their Santa hats to launch a charity challenge from Gobowen to Lapland this December.

Tom Alexander and William Chapple, who are both students at Derwen College are urging fellow students, their families and supporters to take part in a brand new fundraising venture to travel the distance from Derwen to Lapland.

The college is launching the Derwen to Lapland Challenge, following in the footsteps of Father Christmas to cover 1,989 miles from 1st to 10th December.

They are asking as many people as possible to join in to walk, run, cycle, swim, or wheelchair as far as they can to support the challenge. Every mile completed and every penny raised counts.

Registration is free, and every participant receives a medal, designed and printed at Derwen College’s Karten print shop.

During the summer holidays, Tom and William became true ambassadors for the college charity when they walked hundreds of miles, raising thousands of pounds in the college’s virtual Land’s End to John O’Groats Challenge.

The more, the merrier!

Fundraiser Anna Evans said:

“During the summer, teams of six walked the length of Britain in our Derwen LEJOG Challenge. They raised an amazing total of £6,500. Tom and William, along with their families and supporters, were absolute super stars.”

“This time, our Derwen to Lapland Challenge will be slightly different, as we’ll all be working together to cover 1,989 miles in 10 days. It’s a long way, so we’re hoping to get as many participants as possible signed up. The more, the merrier!”

Derwen College is a specialist college for young adults with special educational needs and disabilities. Students learn work and independence skills which provide them with the tools for a more independent life after college.

All donations from this event will go towards the Agnes Hunt Village project to refurbish and renovate the Agnes Hunt Village bungalows which are used by students to learn and develop their independent living skills. Both Tom and William live in the Agnes Hunt Village whilst at Derwen College.

Registration is free. Contact Anna Evans on or telephone 01691 661234 (ext 395).

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