Events & Speakers | Posted 05.10.2014

Sunshine and smiles combined to highlight the bright yellow of the shirts worn in memory of William Magowan at the Memorial run held today at St Mary’s Hall.  “The whole community of SMH and the College came together,” said Jacqueline Hines, Rudiments’ Playroom leader, as family, friends and former pupils and staff members of St Mary’s Hall gathered for what proved to be a very special day, celebrating William’s life.  Runners and walkers were sponsored in order to collect donations for Asthma UK and for the stone bench, which will sit on “William’s Way” surrounded by daffodils and snowdrops, planted by those who came to remember William today.

Tea, cakes, wristbands and t-shirts were also on sale as part of the fundraising effort.  At the end of the afternoon, a moment of reflection was taken, with moving speeches by Stuart Lewis, Mike Gibson, and Larry Crouch, former Headmaster of St Mary’s Hall, before a musical rendition of “Somewhere, over the rainbow” played by some of William’s classmates.

“Christopher, Grant and I are overwhelmed and touched by the support of friends, relatives and the community of SMH and Stonyhurst,” said Vivienne, William’s mother.

I wandered lonely as a cloud

that floats on high o’er vales and hills

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host of golden daffodils;