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Epic Explorers


Over the last two weeks here at the Hospital School on Piam Brown we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of some of Britain’s most prominent young explorers who have given up their time to chat to us about their adventures.

Last week we were thrilled to welcome William Whately (left), captain of the RSS Sir David Attenborough to our 10 O’Clock Slot. He shared his fascinating collection of films and photos with us and talked about the infamous Boaty McBoatface as well as life on board a polar research ship.

We have also received wonderful video messages from Oli Broadhead and Alex Staniford (right), both young modern day explorers. Oli described his trips to the forests of Poland and Sumatra and gave us a first-hand insight into the life and work of a modern day explorer. Alex talked about how his sense of adventure and life as an explorer helped him overcome adversity. Both suggested that children can also become explorers themselves by discovering the world in their back garden, local park or forest.

This week the 10 O’Clock Slot welcomed explorer and children’s author Laura Bingham (above). She regaled us with stories of her many adventures. She described cycling from Ecuador to Argentina for charity with no money, her record breaking descent of the Essequibo River and her 4 weeks’ survival on a desert island with her husband and 2 year old son. Laura’s enthusiasm was captivating and she inspired not only the young people but even some of the staff, to welcome new challenges and explore the world beyond their comfort zone.

Both Laura and Alex each recommended that every difficult task in life be approached one little step at a time, and by taking the little steps in no time at all a mountain, river or personal marathon may well be conquered.