A significant proportion of the pupils in the school I work in live in poverty. This undoubtedly affects their opportunities and their life chances. Whilst we work hard to offer as many opportunities to everyone, there are times when we need some extra cash to level the playing field.
For some reason I can't fathom, my brother-in-law and myself decided to sign up to a cycling challenge which involved riding from Newcastle to London in 24 hours. We'd never done anything like this before and it is the first time I have signed up to something not knowing if I could complete it.
We did complete the cycle. It took us 29hrs 30min. We had no sleep, the weather was awful and we cycled steadily all that time except for meal breaks. It was the hardest physical and mental challenge I have ever attempted. 700 started it, 382 finished it.
Not wanting this effort to go to waste, I've decided to use this achievement to kick start an Inclusion Fund to make all the school has to offer more accessible to all pupils.
That challenge needed me to be determined, show resilience, work hard, work as a team and beliveve in my own abilities. These are all qualities we want our young people to develop and it seems an appropriate cause to support.
If you want to support the school, please make a donation. All the funds will support local children and make life just that little bit fairer.