Almost all of the primary schools in Shrewsbury have got together in an extraordinary collaborative event which will take place on 9th October and is the “Great Shrewsbury Run”.

If all the children at these schools run or walk as far as they can, having raised some sponsorship for their efforts, the organisers are hopeful that they may cover a distance equivalent to the whole way around the world! Many children and schools have already completed challenges and individually each person has met and overcome something – even if the hardest part for some is to ask for sponsorship! But it is a wonderful way of empowering children and helping them to realize as young as possible that particularly with co-operation and collaboration they, not only their parents, community leaders or politicians, can make a huge difference to people’s lives.

It is a group effort – the more schools and children that get involved the more difference they will make. There is a website at with details but the confirmed schools are:

Belvidere Primary
Bicton CofE Primary
Condover CofE Primary
Grange Primary
Meole Brace CofE Primary School
Mereside CofE Primary School
Mount Pleasant Primary School
Oakmeadow Primary School
Prestfelde Prep school
Shrewsbury Cathedral Catholic Primary School 
St George's Junior school St
Winefride's Convent School Sundorne Infant School 
The Martin Wilson School

Great North Swim – good luck to William


The Great North Swim is Europe’s biggest open water swimming event with around 10,000 participants.

Over three days, participants of all abilities take the plunge in stunning Windermere over a range of distances. The event also features thrilling elite races with some of the world’s best swimmers in the picturesque surroundings of the Lake District National Park.

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William Hurst, aged 13, is taking on the Great North Swim as his K12Challenge.

Wishing him all the best, and calm waters!

SKYDIVE – a brilliant effort

7 daring teenagers leapt from an aeroplane for charity just after Easter.
The tandem sky jump was planned for last summer and largely organised by
Georgie Morley. Not sure whether the overriding feeling was relief or
disappointment when weather stopped play last August, they then had all
winter to contemplate their commitment. However when the sun came out on
10th April it was all systems go! They had a great time and certainly used
up an enormous amount of nervous energy, but they have raised between them
almost £3,000 for the RDA which is absolutely incredible.


Georgie said ” It went against all my natural instincts to jump head first out of a plane however it was one of the greatest experiences that I have had and would consider doing it again.”

 Luch said ” The build up to the actual jump had been a long time coming  however it was definitely worth it, and I already want to do one again. “

K12 and the Perry RDA owe them all a huge thank you.”


Luch Holden and Georgia Rogers Coltman,Georgie Morley Hannah Walker, Davina Daly, Hubert and Annabel Thompson were the plucky teenagers – and they have raised £2,462 and counting?

Our challengers reach new peaks – climbing up the Matterhorn.

Earlier this year, Miles Greene climbed from Zermatt town square upover 1,000 vertical metres below the north face of the Matterhorn to the Sunnega lift station. The ascent & descent took some six hours in total and necessitated forsaking an entire day of skiing.

Greene2 By 2pm a gale had started which closed all ski runs on the mountainand the remaining ascent & descent was completed without seeing a single person. The walk fittingly finished by the memorial plaque to Edward Whymper, the Englishman who first climbed the Matterhorn in 1875 [150 years ago this year]. Greene4           Greene3

“Miles sitting on partially submerged bench and then at the end with his father”


It was an amazing challenge, completed by Miles and his father and the RDA is hugely grateful for the fantastic £1,350 raised by him. Greene1

“Miles’ Garmin which recorded the Total Ascent”

Introducing – Hannah the seal

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Every day for 3 weeks, Hannah Venner, during her family holiday, swam across  the bay at Rhoscolyn .  This was quite a distance, and I can only imagine that the weather wasn’t always kind…she also had to handle tides, wind, height of waves, boats and other swimmers…

I’m not sure if I’m more impressed with the distances or the fact that she showed such commitment. Brilliant effort.

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This was her thank you letter to her generous sponsors:

Dear All,

Thank you so much for sponsoring me for my swimming challenge. I have a raised over £1000 for the RDA.

It was so nice that so many people did it with me. All of my friends that came to stay with us, all did it and I am very thankful to them. Every day when we were swimming we would see a young black guillemot, which are quite rare, and he became of swimming partners, we decided to nickname him Gerald. There was a catamaran that was in the bay for the whole time we were there and it was so much fun to swim under it! The weather was windy but the water was fine but on the last day it was so cold. On two of the days the weather was so nice we spent all day in the water. The swim really encouraged everyone to swim and we even got daddy into the sea with a wetsuit on. We always joke that there is a seal under us and one time we actually scared ourselves so much what we thought that there was actually one under us! I just loved swimming every day and it made me feel a huge sense a satisfaction.


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A 3 Peak Success Story – Emily Tanner’s challenge

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Brilliant news – Emily Tanner has completed her 3 Peak Challenge in just under the allotted 24 hours.
The team consisted of her father James Tanner and a friend,  Personal Trainer Andrew Wilkinson and they started climbing Ben Nevis at 5.15pm on Thursday, carried on to climb Scafell Pike in the early hours of Friday morning and Emily completed the Challenge by climbing Snowdon and returning to the carpark by 5.14pm on Friday afternoon.
Phew – exhausted just thinking of it.
Due to really bad traffic on the Friday afternoon, they didn’t start climbing Snowdon till 2.40pm and so Emily went on ahead and ascended Snowdon in a pretty fast pace of 1 hour and 20 minutes. Having done that she descended Snowdon withher brother and sister Jemima (11) and Will (8) (who had climbed Snowdon earlier) and they acted as pacemakers for Emily to get back to the Snowdon carpark under the 24 hours. To put this in perspective, the mountain track is around 8 miles and 6 hours is usually advocated.
Snowdon, Best  Scafell Pike best  Ben Nevis setting off best

MudRunning Mayhem



We had a really good day on Sunday at Eastnor Castle and the Oblivion MudRunners.


 It was a really well run day, no pun intended!

And it was great seeing so many parents encouraging children along the way – even if that meant being over taken by a 10 yr old! There was certainly enough mud, and atlhough the course was quite tough – in the  Herefordshire hills.

Elodie1DSCN7874There were two teams taking part for K12Challenge, and several other challengers just there for the fun and the mud.  Well done to all of you.


The brave and brilliant bikers – 140 miles.

They did it – 16 or so Abberley children bicycled over 130 miles yesterday. From Worcestershire, via Leominster and Brecon all the way to Manobier, near Tenby.

There was a great team involved, the children and the staff who supported them, they slept on the beach – under the stars, and swam in the sea this morning, before a much deserved fried breakfast.

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This was Lizzie Ware, Charlie Ockelston and James Middlemass’s Challenge, but other K12Challengers did it, just for fun –  Poppy Henderson, Hattie Green, Archie Powell, Ollie Branston and Emma Graham.

Lizzie’s link is
,James’ is: an’d Charlie’s is:
– and thanks to everyone who has already supported them



The numbers are going up….

We have now raised over £40,000  

and over 700 people have got behind you, and what we are doing for the Cavalier Centre.

Brilliant – thank you all.

ps. we need to keep going though – so keep spreading the word please!