King’s St Alban’s PE Department supports fundraiser Leo, in Year 4, in his efforts to raise awareness and money for ‘The Trussell Trust’ who look at tackling UK food poverty. Leo will undertake a sponsored walk on the Malvern Hills during half term to raise money for the Trussell Trust. The idea of the KSA PE Department is to support Leo’s fundraising by challenging all KSA children and their families in choosing to walk, run, cycle, scoot or even row a collective 612 miles in the lead up to half term.
This distance is equivalent to every Junior School child travelling 4.5 miles, which is the distance from the Worcestershire Beacon Walk to the highest point of the hills. In these difficult times, and appropriately during Children’s Mental Health Week, we cannot stress how important it is that we keep our children active, for both their physical and mental wellbeing. The dates for the KSA challenge are Monday 1st February to Friday 12th February.
King’s St Alban’s fully supports our very own fundraiser and it seems that in turn Leo has inspired his peers to embrace their own challenge, since there has already been a fantastic response to the PE Department’s idea, with over 300 miles being achieved in the first three days. Children are encouraged to share photos or videos of their activities on Showbie and on Twitter using #KSA612. We’d love to see how you are reaching your target!
It was nine-year-old Leo’s idea to write to all the major supermarkets in the UK with new ideas of tackling food poverty, including the idea of having a button on their tills to enable immediate donations to food banks. Many supermarkets have responded to his letter, saying they will look at Leo’s idea, including Waitrose who sent him a £20 gift card to buy products for the food bank and said they will pass his idea onto their IT team.
Leo said: “The idea that people in the UK and especially children go to sleep at night with empty tummies really makes me sad. Hopefully my sponsored walk will raise lots of money for food banks and the supermarkets add a donation button to their tills too.”
“We are incredibly proud of Leo and all that he is doing to raise vital funds for The Trussell Trust. We all observe things that make us sad or angry but it takes courage, leadership and responsibility to actually do something about it.” Mr Chapman, Headmaster
If you are able to support this very worthy cause, please donate to Leo’s Great Malvern Hills Climb: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/leo-slevin