Lockdown has been made easier by the beautiful weather. Living on top of a hill, we get some amazing views, which seem to be at their best on a Thursday night when we are outside at 8pm clapping for carers. It has become the new normal.
Over Easter, whilst watching news of the virus unfold, I admired the efforts of the many fund raising events that had been taking place around the country for the NHS, and I thought about what I could do to help. Around this time my family started planning a marathon relay across four other families for the 2.6 Challenge on the same day that the London Marathon would have taken place. I hadn’t realised how much the other charities would be losing out, and how many of their fundraising events must have been cancelled, and I decided that by doing my own challenge we could raise even more.
After a quick test run, I realised that running 26km, despite being hard, would be achievable. We decided to raise money for CLIC Sargent, a charity that provides vital support for young people with cancer as their donations were down 60% this year. The charity has had a major impact on our family as they helped my cousin Leo when he had cancer, aged three. CLIC Sargent have continued to play a huge part in his recovery.
I started to prepare with some training in my garden and the nearby woods, however, there was the issue of not having any shoes, as I realised that my trainers were too small! Amazon solved that problem, and by the following Sunday I was ready. I completed the challenge successfully, managing to smash my fundraising goal; I’m so grateful to everyone who donated and helped to support the charity.
Things have certainly been different since the pandemic. With school online and being stuck in the same place I, like everyone else, can’t wait to get out of lockdown.
2nd July 2020
In our last postcard from home this term, Anvesh explains that, whilst he misses friends and school life, he has enjoyed spending time with his family, learning recipes from his older sister and playing games with his parents.
29th June 2020
Struck by the terrible hardships facing vulnerable communities in his home city of Bangkok, Toh started making nutritious, tasty food to be delivered to those most in need. In an inspiring postcard, he explains how he's balanced his charity work with his school work.
22nd June 2020
Denied a public stage on which to act out the drama that is such an important part of his life, Oscar has improvised whilst in lockdown and created his own set, costumes, and cast family members, to bring theatre to life inside his home.
18th June 2020
Tristan is finding new enjoyment in classically British pastimes and literature, as well as finding the increased independence required of online learning the perfect preparation for university.
15th June 2020
Volunteering in his local village and cycling for charity, Alfred is using his time away from school in a particularly inspiring way.
11th June 2020
Writing from Hong Kong, Seb is missing dorm life in his boarding house. He's working his way along the main island's walking trail, to escape his apartment whenever possible.