Giggleswick students follow in philanthropist’s footsteps
Sophie Clayton

Morrison boys have raised £2,000 in memory of the local philanthropist their house is named after.

To mark the 100th anniversary of Walter Morrison’s death, boys from Morrison House embarked on a 17-mile circular walk to raise money for SELFA.

Morrison was a well-known local politician, but it was his generosity to Malham Dale which can be seen to this day. He had a keen interest in education and founded both Malham Tarn School and Kirkby Malham United School. He also served as a governor at Giggleswick School for 60 years, which included paying for the construction of the school’s famous chapel, built to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

Year 12 student, Isaac Larkin, said: “This year is the 100-year anniversary of Walter Morrison’s death so we wanted to mark the occasion by continuing the charitable practices he was known for. As the boys of Morrison House, we have always represented Walter Morrison’s name with immense pride.

“When we started to plan the walk, we knew that our route would pass by his house at Malham Tarn, his grave in Kirkby Malham and the Giggleswick chapel.”

He added: “We wanted to use the event as a fundraiser, so we began searching for a local charity which supported local children. SELFA was a natural choice as they support over 400 children with their vision of a community where all young people are celebrated and know they belong.

“By the time our walk came around we had raised £2000, something we think Walter would have been immensely proud of.”

The walkers began the walk by laying a wreath at Walter Morrison’s grave.

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