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virgin strive big change

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My story

[p]This September I will be taking part in stage one of the [b]Virgin Strive Challenge[/b]. It’s a gruelling duathlon of four days cycling an average of one hundred kilometres and one thousand metres of climbing a day across Sardinia. We will then swap our bikes for sea kayaks where we will embark on a two day sea kayak crossing from Sardinia to Corsica, an estimated eight hours a day in a kayak will certainly challenge this virgin kayaker![/p][p]There is no doubt the challenge will be tough physically but that’s not why I am asking for your support. [/p][p]The reason for our strive is to raise money for [b]Big Change[/b] the charity which funds projects that aim to change our society and education systems to ensure every child has the opportunity to develop the skills they need to thrive in life not just exams. [/p][p]Many children miss out on important life skills, simply down to circumstance, Big Change funds go directly to charities that make a big difference to children and young people across the UK. [/p][p]By the time a child from a low income family leaves school they would have heard thirty million fewer words than if they were from a high income family. Postcode still remains the most powerful predictor of educational outcomes in the west. The UK ranks as having one of the lowest levels of social mobility in the world. [/p][p]I truly believe that education is the key to make big positive change in the world. Education needs society to get behind it, we can’t expect teachers to go unsupported, they can’t do it all on their own. [/p][p]26% of teachers are on stress related medication. [/p][p]40% of teachers leave the profession within 5 years of qualifying[/p][p]Some of the charities and initiatives Big Change has supported include:- [/p][p][b]Headstart[/b] - Bridging the gap between education and employment[/p][p][b]The Institute of Teachers[/b] – Ensuring psychological and wellbeing aspects of performance are central to the teaching programme [/p][p][b]Voice 21[/b] - Ensuring all children regardless of background have access to high quality oracy education [/p][p][b]The Difference[/b] – Funding teachers to learn how to deal with severe behavioural difficulties[/p][p]Through the Strive Challenge we achieve things we never thought we could and it is a privilege to have such an experience. [/p][p]So I am not asking you to support me because of the tough physical challenge but because all our children and young people deserve the opportunity to develop life skills that and unlock their potential. Equipping them with the beliefs, skills, knowledge and values they need to thrive in life and play a positive role in the world around them. [/p][p]My previous strives in 2012 and 2014 taught me how to embrace the journey, to learn from setbacks and failure, supporting each other and having a growth mind set not to mention accepting help when I needed and at times when I was able to give back to the team. [/p][p]So I hope you will join me in supporting the Big Change Mission to help our children and young people to strive to achieve their full potential in life. [/p][p]Thank you and big love x [/p][p][br][/p]

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Suzie Sophie

What an amazing thing to do and for such a great cause. I read through the charity info and they are working in areas that are so close to my heart!! Well done for striving to make things better. Hope the body is recovering...slowly... Lots of love Suz

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Lisa Bailey

Well done ladies. Amazing achievement xx

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Great cause to Strive for from fellow cyclist Roger




Hey Jez, you, Linda and the whole team are superstars. Following your journey on Fb and you’re looking strong and happy - which given the challenge you are undertaking makes you even more fabulous! Allez Allez! Love Bridget

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Melina Jacovou

Jerona. Amazing, Brilliant, Inspirational!! Well done. Enjoy - what a challenge! Great cause too. X



Annie and Steve

Good luck both of you. XXX

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Enjoy every minute of it! I'm sure you'll also be a great domestique on the bike for Linda! xx

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Lesley and John

Wishing you both a great experience for a good worthy charity

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Tom and Glynis

Good luck, a very worthwhile cause.

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