Year 9 student, Erin van Kuyk, has raised an impressive £241.30 having completed a 20 mile sponsored walk from Okehampton to Ivybridge in late November.
As part of a personal challenge, set through her work in the Scout movement, Erin decided to donate all money raised to the College’s chosen charity for the academic year, Place2Be, who provide emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building children's resilience through talking, creative work and play.
Not having long to prepare for the challenge, Erin was supported by her friends and family and managed to raise the incredible amount in just a couple of weeks. Erin was accompanied by her father on the walk and, despite challenging weather conditions, Erin successfully completed the route in good time.
Erin said of the challenge: “It was really tough. The wind was really strong and I got pushed about on my route. I was very happy to cross the finish line and get warm! I really think it is important for young people to go that little bit further to help others. Place2Be is a fantastic charity that will help children have a better education as they are supported to become happier learners.”
Erin’s tutor, Hannah Brown, said of Erin’s achievement: “We are very proud of any student who takes it upon themselves to raise money for our charity. Erin’s determination, despite difficult conditions, was extremely impressive and we are incredibly grateful that she has taken the time and effort to raise money for such a worthy cause.”