REMEMBER the King’s Ely Marrow Growing Competition launched in March at the beginning of lockdown?

The results are in and we can reveal that the heaviest marrow was grown by Tony McInally, our lovely Catering Steward!

Michael Newman, Head of Chemistry at King’s Ely Senior, launched the competition not only as a way for members of the school community to have fun during lockdown but also to raise funds for Osmond House’s charity, PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide.

Mr Newman purchased seeds – all from the same source (Wilko in Ely!) – and encouraged people of all ages to try and grow the heaviest marrow they could throughout the summer.

People paid a minimum donation of £4 per seed and they were then sent to them by post, by foot and by dropping them in secret locations for people to pick up on their single act of exercise.

Tony’s marrow weighed in at a whopping 4.66 kilograms, securing him first place. Oliver Gee came second with a 2.7 kilogram marrow and Clare Gorick came third with her 2.02 kilogram specimen. Isobel Smyth was fourth, Mr Newman was fifth and Steve Cavill was sixth.

‘Failure to thrive’ honours go to: Helen Ost, Pat Green, Nell Bond, Helen Melville, Joanna Whymark, Sue-Ellen Godde, Jon Shaw and Sol Boon!

Well done to everyone who got involved – the competition raised more than £75 for PAPYRUS, which provides confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through their helpline, HOPELINEUK.

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