On 22 of April Mr Taaffe took part in the 2018 Virgin Money London
Marathon. Mr Taaffe was running for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT), a
charity that provides support to young people with cancer. For every young
person with cancer that the charity can reach and support, there is another
person that they cannot reach. The money raised will go towards funding for
specialist TCT wards and nurses.
A number of fundraising events took place outside of the Academy, including
a charity curry night as well as a live music night. Earlier in the year,
Sandwell Academy Staff took on Sixth Form students in a football match,
which was a hard fought 2-2 draw. The efforts of staff and students raised
£200 for the charity. A grand total of £2,535 was raised for the Teenage
The 2018 London Marathon was the hottest ever on record with temperatures
reaching a maximum of 24 degrees Celsius. This made running conditions
extremely difficult for all participants after training in such tough and
different conditions over the winter. However, Mr Taaffe managed to make it
round the course in just over four hours for his first ever marathon.
Mr Taaffe would like to thank everybody who has supported his fundraising.