Young Students Raise Valuable Funds

Big challenge for girls at St Swithun’s School – but it was Emma and last minute entrant Charlie who ran in the recent New Forest Half Marathon! Emma and Alice were supposed to run together but sadly Alice hurt her foot during training – so Charlie stepped in with less than a day’s notice and ran in her place!  What a star.

St Swithun’s School in Winchester selected Kids for Kids as Charity of the Year for 2018-2019 and after hearing from Patricia Parker MBE, Founder and CEO, Alice and Emma were inspired to raise even more funds in their spare time! Over the past few months the girls have been raising funds online for their run.  We are so grateful to them for their hard work, both training and fund raising.

The total thus far of a brilliant £1,293.75  will go straight to Kids for Kids’ life saving projects in Darfur. The girls have decided that they would like to spend the funds to repair a clean water hand pump and to build a new latrine in a village in need. Repairing a water pump means clean water close to a village, for families that have gone so long without. “There is nothing more disheartening than to see a handpump irreparable because the cost is too much for villagers to raise” says Patricia. “Families incomes have crashed in recent years.   They were poor before, now inflation and soaring costs has meant many families cannot afford even essential.”  A latrine ensures children are protected from deadly infections picked up through poor hygiene. Elsewhere in Sudan cholera is again rife.   “It is essential we do all we can to ensure clean water and good hygienic practises – and latrines are the key” says Patricia.

“Thank you to all who have supported these wonderful young people.   Charlie – your support made it happen.   I hope Alice, you recover quickly, and that you all remember what you have achieved for a very long time to come.   Thank you to all your supporters.   Together you will have changed lives for children so far away. It just goes to show what you can achieve when you set your mind to it.  No one is too young to make a real change in their world.”

It is not too late to support the run – you can still donate!  Visit their giving page and help Alice and Emma raise even more funds that will change lives drastically in Darfur.

“We feel privileged to have helped such an inspirational charity with such a moving ethos” says Emma. And you really have!  We can’t wait for next year’s run.

Alice, Emma, and Charlie are a real inspiration to us. They have shown just how big a difference you can make to the lives of others, and of course how much fun you can have at the same time!  If you are interested in supporting Kids for Kids by taking on a personal fitness challenge and raising life-saving funds at the same time we would be thrilled to hear from you. Please check out our charity challenges or get in touch to let us know of your own challenge: / 07597206440

Would you like to take part in next year’s New Forest Marathon?  Check it out now!