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Principal runs marathon for Jodie

Principal of the Havering Colleges, Paul Wakeling, completed the Lenham Cross Winter Marathon in Kent on Sunday, 23rd February, in memory of Sixth Form student Jodie Chesney, who was brutally murdered on 1st March 2019.

The tough course - up and down hills and forest trails in the wind and rain - involved 27.5 miles and 4,300ft of elevation. Paul is limping around college today!

Jodie’s tragic death sent shockwaves through the college and the country as a whole. Due to the horrific nature of her murder, and subsequent deaths around the country relating to knife crime, Jodie’s father set up a charity in Jodie’s name – The Jodie Chesney Foundation - with the help of a team of experienced youth services professionals.

The charity aims to make a difference to the culture of knife crime in this country and Paul ran the marathon to raise money for the cause. He said: “Jodie was a kind and giving person and is greatly missed.”

Please make a donation to the foundation directly at

Donations can also be made via a collection tin in Admissions at our Ardleigh Green campus, in cash to the Finance Office at Wingletye Lane or by card payment on 01708 514421.



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