Kirsty tackling 50 walks over 50 consecutive nights to raise money for the Helena Kennedy Foundation
East Riding College learning support advisor Kirsty Young from Bridlington is doing 50 walks over 50 days, hoping to raise money for the Helena Kennedy Foundation.
The mum of four will be walking for two hours each day after work in the hopes of raising over £500 towards a bursary offered by 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.
The Foundation supports students who come from financially disadvantaged backgrounds and who have had to overcome significant challenges to get to university, such as leaving care, fleeing domestic violence, or long-term severe health needs. The foundation is the only one in the country that provides help to students who don’t need to live in a specific postcode area and students do not need to pay back the money. Award winners use the money to support their learning such as purchasing equipment, childcare or travel.
Kirsty’s 50 Walks to Success was planned for Monday, March 29 but has been delayed after two of her children tested positive for Covid-19. The walk will now start at the College’s St Mary’s Walk campus in Bridlington on Monday, April 6, and her first walk will pass the two secondary schools in Bridlington.
Kirsty will be easy to recognise as she will be wearing a hi-vis jacket with the Foundation’s emblazoned across it.
The work of the charity is close to Kirsty’s heart, because she herself was a recipient of the grant and extra help as a young student herself.
She explains, “I am fundraising because I benefited from the charity’s help years ago and I have gone on to be more involved over the years. The College, the Foundation and my family all helped me when I was a young single mum studying for a degree - that was quite a challenge and now I want to give something back to the Foundation, who provided me with so much support. More and more people need this kind of support since COVID-19. I really want to raise awareness of the help that’s out there for people too – to stay involved with the Foundation is a privilege, and the more support we can get for my challenge, the more disadvantaged students can be sponsored by the charity.”
“If anyone would like to walk with me on any of the 50 days, you are welcome to, please let me know via my donations page. I will add evidence of the walks onto Strava Maps and will be blogging my way through the challenge, so people can track my progress. It won’t be easy – I work 30 hours a week and my youngest is 5 years old, so it will be a challenge, but I’m ready for it!”
Kirsty’s fundraising page is https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KirstyYoung17
Kirsty’s blog is www.kirstys50walkstosuccess.blogspot.com