Kirsty tackling 50 walks over 50 consecutive nights to raise money for the Helena Kennedy Foundation
An employee at East Riding College is putting her best feet forward as she embarks a major fundraising challenge.
Kirsty Young will be tackling 50 walks over 50 consecutive nights for two hours, come rain or shine, after finishing her job each day.
The challenge has been called ‘Kirsty’s 50 Walks to Success’ and she is hoping to accrue £500 for a good cause.
Kirsty is raising funds for the Helena Kennedy Foundation, a small charity which provides a grant worth £2,250, mentorship, and ongoing to support to students who have secured a place at university.
These particular students are remarkable because not only do they come from a disadvantaged background but they have to have overcome a significant challenge such as leaving care, fleeing domestic violence, or long-term severe health needs.
The challenge begins at the St Mary’s Walk campus on Monday, March 29, going past the two secondary schools in Bridlington.
Kirsty will be easy to recognise as she will be wearing a vi-vis jacket with the foundation’s emblazoned across it.
She has set up a Virgin Money Giving page so people can donate and support the foundation.
The page has already attracted £170 even before the event has started.
Kirsty said: “I am fundraising because I am an award winner from years ago and more students will need the support especially since Covid-19.
“The other reason is to raise awareness of the foundation so hopefully more support will mean more disadvantaged students will be sponsored.
“Because of the pandemic this money and other sponsors will be even more vital.
“If anyone would like to walk with me on any occasion please let me know.
“I’m a mum of four, the youngest is five years old, and I work 30 hours a week so this will be challenging for me.
“I will add evidence of the walks on Strava Maps.
“I must give thanks to Kerry Lee from The Striders for encouraging me to do this and to all the people who have donated.
“Thanks also to Pineapple Joe’s who printed our jackets with the foundation’s logo free of charge.”
Go to tinyurl.com/r7ma52t8 or tinyurl.com/ydff2nwy to donate to Kirsty’s fundraising challenge.
Go to kirstys50walkstosuccess.blogspot.com to read Kirsty’s blog on the challenge.