Making Memories… Giving Hope

Bethany's marathon effort


There are many amazing people who have beaten all the odds in 2020 to continue fundraising for the children who will need a CHICKS break more than ever after COVD-19. We've been wowed by the many ideas and the amount raised!

One of these people is amazing Bethany Morgan who - despite having the perfect excuse to give up - has persevered with months of marathon training and will be completing the Virtual London Marathon for CHICKS on 4 October. We think you'll agree she is one special lady! Here are her reasons for committing to such an amazing effort for CHICKS.  

"CHICKS is the reason I keep running. 

"I ran my first London Marathon in 2018, the same year I completed my PCGE. Having something to focus on rather than the stress of teaching was a huge advantage, and just four days after the marathon I gained my first teaching job.

"I started my teaching career at a secondary school in my home town, Plymouth. From the start is was apparent that most of the pupils at this school were living in poverty, with there being a severe lack of school equipment, uniform, and sometimes lunch money. 

"October half term soon came around and pupils were excitedly talking about their holidays. One of my pupils told me that he was going on a CHICKS break. This child in particular is one that came to school with an empty backpack, and a packet of crisps for lunch. On the first day back I can only describe this child as being elated. He had a wonderful holiday, filled with new experiences, adventure and lots of new friends. He couldn’t wait to tell everyone about his first time in a kayak, and making marshmallow sandwiches around the camp fire. I believe that without CHICKS, he would have spent most of his holidays alone at home, hungry and isolated.

"Throughout the year, several other pupils spoke to me about their CHICKS' breaks. Some were disadvantaged or bereaved, others were victims of abuse and some were young carers, but they all needed one thing, a break, and a chance to be a child. 

"It was clear that a few nights away from reality had an overwhelmingly positive impact on the lives of these children. So when I received a ballot place for the 2020 London Marathon, it was a no brainier. CHICKS have so far provided respite to over 16,000 children in need, and £1000 could pay for a week's respite for one of those children, it could fund an afternoon of kayaking for 50 children or it could provide 30 children with home-cooked meals for their entire stay. 

"I am proud to be running for CHICKS, as I have seen first hand the effect they can have on the confidence and mental health of young people, along with the amazing ability to provide these children with with positive childhood memories. 

"CHICKS motto is “making memories … giving hope” and now due to the pandemic, these children need this more than ever."

To support Bethany's incredible fundraising efforts hed to her JustGiving fundraising page. 

Donate to Bethany's marathon effort  

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