Today’s #fundraiserfriday star is Simon Clark, who is taking on the mammoth task of running the coast of mainland Britain, 5,000 miles in total, which will take around a year to complete in aid of Ecologia Youth Trust. He has recently entered England on his 100th day and is still going strong.
After reading Rosie Swale Pope’s book, Just a Little Run Around the World, Simon was inspired to do his own run around the British coast to raise funds for Ecologia. Taking on the British coast in an anti-clockwise direction, he left Ecologia’s base in Findhorn, Morayshire on Easter Sunday 2016, and has since run over 1,500 miles around the far North and West coast of Scotland to cross England at Gretna Green. So far he has quite literally run through 3 pairs of trainers, an untold number of socks and even a rucksack. Running the entirety of the British coast means that Simon’s adventure includes camping out or accepting offers of sleeping on floors, as well as spotting the incredible wildlife and stunning views during his daily runs, which he posts on his Facebook page.
Ecologia are celebrating their 20th year of working towards a world where all children can thrive within their own communities. Since 1995 it has been working to enable children and young people who have been abandoned, neglected or orphaned to realise their own individual potential. Working with local partners, Ecologia empowers youngsters to create sustainable, resilient communities by improving their education, health and welfare, and by supporting them to protect their natural environment. Find out more here.
Simon aims to raise £10,000 to support Ecologia in their work to empower children, and it is those children that keep Simon inspired to keep going even when the road is tough. He believes that,
“If we can’t give all the children of the world the best start possible, we have to wonder what we’re doing here. It’s so difficult for children in materially poor countries to get to grips with education and achieve worthwhile change whilst being under nourished and shelterless. Giving – no doubt at times, grinding out – effort to benefit youngsters who have less fortuitous circumstances than mine seems the least I can do, and the thought of carrying and needing very little, while asking others to give a lot to improve the lives of children seems the best of affairs.”
How you can help
You can sponsor Simon in his incredible efforts by visiting his Virgin Money Giving page and donating to the cause. He’s also looking for offers of food, shelter and support along the way; even offering a personal messenger service along his route in exchange for a donation! You can keep track of his progress and show your support here.