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Sally Hughes and Sam Daniels

Sally and Sam Strive in the Alps

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Once upon a time in 2014 - in a brief moment of insanity - Sally said YES to the question "Anyone up for a super-healthy adventure this summer?" That "adventure" was a human-powered jaunt from London to the Matterhorn... and over 3,500 human-powered kilometres and £42,000 raised for Big Change later - she is somehow still standing.[/p][p]About 9 months in to the 10-month training for the sequel in 2016, something of an epiphany happened. Sally decided she *almost* liked riding bikes - just with a few conditions:[/p][p]No steep hills (cue swearing)[/p][p]No hairpin descents (more swearing)[/p][p]No cold weather (you guessed it, more swearing).[/p][p]Conveniently, cycling in the Alps involves ALL of the above - and so seems an appropriately punishing challenge to try to push towards raising £50k for Big Change.[/p][p]Sam has never ridden in the Alps and gets cold easily but thinks that Col du Vars (2109m), Col D'Izoard (2360m) and Col du Galibier (2642m) sound like the perfect rookie hills. Your sponsorship will be the best possible consolation when he realises how mistaken he is.[/p][p][br][/p][p]But he’s still sure he’ll beat Sally up all those climbs anyway.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Over the past few years - Sally has seen the very real positive impact Big Change has made as a result of her Strive fundraising. Big Change is a social impact accelerator - giving seed funding to projects that have the potential to make a Big Change to children in the UK thriving in life. [/p][p][br][/p][p]The UK ranks as having one of lowest levels of social mobility in the world. (24% of vice-chancellors, 32% of MPs, 51% of medics, 54% of top journalists, 70% of high court judges went to a private school, yet only 7% of the population does). We believe that a greater focus on speaking skills in education is one of the best ways to close this gap: an average inner-city child will only speak 4 words a lesson; and by the time a child from a low-income family leaves school they would have heard 30 million fewer words than from a high-income family.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Our favourite Big Change project is [url=https://www.voice21.org/]Voice 21[/url], supporting schools and teachers across England to develop students’ speaking skills and improve the quality of talk in the classroom. They aim to lead a lasting change in the education system so that schools in England give oracy the same status as reading and writing. Voice 21 makes sure that all children and young people, regardless of their background, have access to high quality oracy education enabling them to develop the skills and confidence they need to thrive in the 21st Century.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Please give generously - it will make the sweary Alpine climbs worth it, help Sam beat Sally up those climbs, and allow us to continue supporting the phenomenal work of Big Change.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Some questions?[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Yeah but the Alps aren’t that hard right? Monaco to Tignes sounds easy. [/b][/p][p][br][/p][p]Over the course of 5 days we’ll be cycling 568.5km and going up over 14,450 metres. And cycling three of the highest road climbs in Europe[/p][p][br][/p][p]We’ll be heading to the top of the Col de La Bonnette, Col du Vars, Col D’Izoard, Col du Galibier and the Col D’Iseran amongst others. These are the same climbs that pros such as Chris Froome fight to win the Tour de France on. [/p][p][br][/p][p]Easy peasy. [/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Tell me more about Strive?[/b][/p][p][br][/p][p]The 2018 Virgin STRIVE Challenge aims to raise £1 million to support up to 10 new projects that are creating big change in how we set young people up to thrive in life, not just in exams.[/p][p][br][/p][p]We’re just two of the hundreds of people involved, and the entire challenge is travelling from Mt Etna to the summit of Mont Blanc. Find out more here: [url=https://www.strivechallenge.org/about/]https://www.strivechallenge.org/about/[/url][/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Where does the money go?[/b] ALL of the money raised from STRIVE is used to support early-stage ideas that address unacceptable issues facing young people.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]What impact does it have? [/b]Past projects supported by STRIVE (like Frontline, Voice 21 and NCS) have gone on to receive millions in government and other funding - scaling nationally, influencing policy and changing the way things are done. Your efforts really do make a big difference![/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Why focus on empowering change?[/b] We believe prevention is better than treating symptoms - it’s easier to build stronger children than it is to fix broken adults. [/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Why early-stage projects?[/b] Unless we support innovation, change will not happen. There is very little funding for early-stage ideas with big ambition for long term system change, especially before they have proved their impact.[/p]

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Well done superstars! X


Sumaya and Brian

Well done both!!


Debi Williams

Well done Sally, looks like a great cause x

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid



Well done, Sally and Sam. An amazing achievement, and good to see you both home in one piece!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid


Sam and Ana

Great work! Go well!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid



Top notch effort and excellent filing while cycling skills !!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Mel W

Amazing effort Sally! Wishing you a very happy belated birthday as well x

£75.00 plus £18.75 Gift Aid


Laura Meaden

Well done again! Incredible effort. Xx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid



Amazing achievement you two!!




Good luck guys!!!!! Xxxx