By Rob Reynolds, Director of External Relations
Thank you so much to all who joined in our #SyriatoSteep challenge in this final week before the half term break. We have been overwhelmed by the support and energy out there. All contributions helped us head closer to the target – we thought covering the 4,066 km distance from Idlib to Bedales in a week would be a big challenge, but with your help, we had it nailed on Wednesday. Today is our final day and we have already surpassed 6,000 kms.
At time of writing, £5,029 (including Gift Aid) has been raised for the Rural Refugee Network and John Badley Foundation, two charities helping transform the lives of people who face severe challenges, and many of whom are in extremely vulnerable situations. Thank you to those who have already generously supported. To mark our successful endeavour, we are suggesting a ‘victory lap’ and final push on the fundraising, so do please consider re-living your favourite run/walk/cycle, and send a photo to share with others (to firstname.lastname@example.org). And if you haven’t got round to donating, there is still time to do so here. Listen to brief videos about the two charities here: RRN; JBF.
There have been over 350 contributing activities this week – including running, walking, cycling plus skateboarding, swimming, kayaking, sailing, rowing and even horse-riding!
Participants have come from all corners of the Bedales community and globe – Bedales, Dunhurst and Dunannie pupils, Old Bedalians, parents, former parents, grandparents, former staff and family and friends. There have been some impressive individual achievements and acts of endurance, and some very active people.
Thank you so much for your support of this big Bedales community effort – it has been amazing, and given a great focus to this week in semi-lockdown.