The Bedales Great South Run team - comprising over 40 pupils, former students, parents, staff, family and friends - is supporting two charities:
Cecily's Fund - supports orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS in Zambia, enabling them to gain an education. The Fund was founded in 1998 in memory of Cecily Eastwood, Old Bedalian, who was killed in a road accident in Zambia during her gap year. She had been working with a local organisation supporting young orphans. Since its formation, Cecily's Fund has helped thousands of vulnerable Zambian children gain an education and improve their lives. Bedales runners are supporting the Fund's 20th anniversary campaign.
John Badley Foundation (JBF) - provides transformational opportunities for young people to benefit from a Dunhurst and Bedales education. The JBF offers full 100% bursaries to children whose families would not have been able to consider an independent school education. As a parent of a bursary beneficiary stated: "There is no doubt in my mind that the school has provided a life changing experience whose influence will stay with my son for the rest of his days."
We are extremely grateful to Pledgit and The Country House Company who are supporting our run.
Note the first £1500 donated will be matched, doubling its impact.
You can make a donation below. To find out more about us, including a list of runners, click on the bee logo (under 'Pledger') at the bottom of this page.
And here are a couple more reasons why we are doing this...
"We are delighted that a team from Bedales is doing the Great South Run for Cecily’s Fund. Cecily loved her time at Bedales (1991-96) - and Bedales loved her. She was working with Zambian children orphaned by AIDS when tragically she died in a car crash just at the end of her gap year. Her Fund continues her work and since then has enabled over 20,000 destitute children to complete their school education, not least thanks to the support of the school she loved. Her Fund still forges ahead. So will the Bedales runners on 21/22 October!"
Alison and Basil Eastwood, co-founders of Cecily's Fund
"One of the key things that I came away from Bedales having learnt and I find myself using in my day to day life is to never miss an opportunity when it arises. So whenever there is an opportunity to give back to the John Badley Foundation, it is the least that I could do for all it has given to me. Giving back is one of the most gratifying things you can do, and for me, the biggest and sole reward is the realisation that you have made a powerful step to make a significant change in someone else's life."
Albie Waterton, Old Bedalian (2012-14)
On behalf of the runners and the two charities, thank you to all who support the Bedales Great South Run team.