The Home Ground was filled with laughter and cheering last Friday for our annual Big Balls event, which sees each of the boys' Houses race around the Home Ground carrying two large inflatable red balls whilst dodging the obstacles set up by the girls' Houses. What ensued was nothing short of hilarity, and reminiscent of 'It’s a Knockout' from Saturday night television. The boys braved water balloons, skipping ropes, camouflage nets, tyres and the dreaded slip’n’slide to be the first House over the finish line with their balls intact. School House came out on top this year, taking home the trophy.
Despite the laughter, there is a serious message, which the Head Master spoke about before the race. This event raises awareness for male cancers, after a former Hampden boy discovered he had testicular cancer in his Upper Sixth year. All money donated by spectators and competitors will go to Orchid, a charity which exists to save men's lives through pioneering cancer research and promoting awareness.
Thanks to the Hampden boys for their hard work in setting up the event and gathering donations through the afternoon.
- Dr Renshaw (HMM Hampden)