There was an abundance of fantastic fundraising in June. We held a special event for World Refugee Day with our friends Sanctuary in Chichester, and the wonderful team at Tuppenny Barn held a brilliant Gardeners Question Time evening, with a panel of experts including Arit Anderson from Gardeners World. An amazing team of families and friends wrapped up their May Miles challenge, Major Mick and the Tintanic had a royal Jubilee adventure and sisters Ayda and Alba conquered Pen-Y-Fan.
Take a look below to read all about the amazing achievements in June…
Alba and Ayda climb Pen-Y-Fan
At the beginning of June, six-year-old Alba and her five-year-old sister Ayda completed a huge challenge; climbing Pen-Y-Fan in South Wales and raising an incredible £640!
The sisters have grown up hearing about the work of Children on the Edge, as their mum, Leanne, is a passionate supporter, so when she asked the girls which charity they wanted to fundraise for there was no hesitation and they both shouted ‘Children on the Edge’ straight away.
On the day of the challenge, it was wet and very windy, but the girls were unperturbed and determined to complete their challenge. They pressed on, along with their mum and family friend Val, battling gusts of 28 miles per hour and climbing 3,136ft above sea level to complete their challenge!
When they reached the bottom of the mountain, Alba and Ayda celebrated with well-deserved hot chocolates with lots of marshmallows!
Children on the Edge Fundraising Officer Charlotte Callin said, “Alba and Ayda are superstars! It is inspiring to see young supporters like Alba and Ayda showing such determination to make a difference and help other children. The girls did amazingly on their challenge and have raised an incredible amount to support our work.”
In May a group of friends and families across the UK took part in their annual May Miles challenge, with the aim to complete as many miles as possible in one month to support our work with Ukrainian Refugees. The group clocked up miles in a huge variety of ways - walking, running, cycling, skateboarding, cartwheeling, there was even some chilly outdoor swimming in Scotland!
Together the amazing May Miles team raised more than £2,900 for Children on the Edge.
Major Mick’s royal Jubilee adventure
If you follow Children on the Edge on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you might be familiar with Major Mick’s adventure. The 81-year-old retired army Major has been taking on rowing challenges around Sussex and Hampshire in his homemade tin boat ‘The Tintanic’ since April.
Over the Jubilee weekend, he set sail again for a special Royal Row along Regents Canal in London. Major Mick was also recognised for his amazing fundraising achievements and invited to ‘The Big Jubilee Lunch’ at the Oval organised by the Eden Project, where he was lucky enough to meet H.R.H Prince Charles. Mick and his wife Sally told him all about his adventures in the Tintanic, with Prince Charles joking that he wouldn’t advise an Atlantic crossing in the homemade vessel.
Mick has continued his rowing challenge this month, with an adventure in the Isle of Wight, which you can read about here.