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Walk of Life

Posted: 15th March 2021

We did not let lockdown stop us from marching ahead with our termly fundraiser. We decided to take on the epic challenge of travelling the 874-mile journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats.  A classic challenge travelling from the furthest possible distance from one side of the UK to the other.  Due to current restrictions this was done virtually of course!

The fundraiser was started by Year 6 pupil Scarlett and took place over the half term period. It required the children, parents and staff to send over their daily distance walked – this was then updated onto our very own Google map.  The progress generated considerable excitement, interest and a sense of competition.

The school run several fundraisers throughout the year supporting local and national charities in the UK.  This term they decided to take themselves onto an adventure during these times of social distance and lockdown to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).

Motor Neurone Disease is a life shortening, currently incurable disease and effects up to 5000 adults in the UK.  The disease affects the messages from the motor neurones in the brain and gradually stops them reaching the muscles.

In total, the Avon House family covered over 1000 miles passing (virtually) through some of the most stunning and remote countryside in the British Isles.

As a Unicef Rights Respecting school, this momentous effort by all students, staff and pupils linked well with Articles 29 and 31 as the many miles walked by all those in the Avon House community demonstrated how we are all working together to live peacefully and exercise in a way that promotes play and a great deal of fun.

A JustGiving page was set up and parents were asked to sponsor each mile their child walked.  At the time of writing the total sum amazing stands at £2,929 exclusive of Gift Aid.

Amanda Bourne, Community Fundraiser at the MND Association said: “What an inspiring challenge the team at Avon House have taken on. What an amazing team effort to virtually walk from Land’s End to John O’ Groats. The funds they raise will help us to continue our vital work in providing support for people living with MND, campaigning to raise awareness of the disease and funding research to find treatments and ultimately a cure.”

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