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Paul Williams

100K Big Change Challenge

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]In 2015, I went to an event in London called "Virgin Disruptors in Education", where [url=https://big-change.org]Big Change [/url]were showcasing some of the pioneering work they were doing to re-think aspects of our education system. I saw two 12-year-olds interviewing Richard Branson with such confidence and clear communication but with true humility - I thought there's something special going on here. These were kids at [url=https://www.school21.org.uk/]School21 [/url]- one project associated with Big Change. There was so much positive energy in the room as various people from [url=https://www.virgin.com/unite/]Virgin Unite[/url] and [url=https://www.virgingalactic.com/galactic-unite/]Galactic Unite[/url] came up to speak that I had to get involved. [/p][p]I discovered that Big Change consult with experts to establish at what points in the education arc the most difference can be made by focusing on those areas - for example, early years pre-school, during those difficult teenage years when exclusion and re-inclusion are a problem, and teacher well-being to avoid burn-out. Big Change have been finding projects developing innovative solutions in these areas, getting alongside them to mentor them, give them access to a network of experts, and do early-stage funding of them to give them an opportunity to prove their ideas practically. [/p][p]In the current pandemic, Big Change has focused its backing on to charities that are providing specific support to parents, teachers and kids in difficult situations.[/p][p]Big Change partly fund these projects through a series of endurance events. I took part in a couple of these - the [url=https://medium.com/@pcwilliams/strive-challenge-2016-a455e06096db]2016 Strive Challenge[/url], pushing myself to the limit cycling in the Italian hills, and the [url=https://www.strivechallenge.org/]2018 Strive Challenge[/url], this time climbing the highest roads in the French Alps. Through the generosity of friends and colleagues I was able to raise £20,000 in total. I also published a book of photos taken in-flight, raising another £13,000. In 2019, I took on another adventure, cycling from [url=https://medium.com/@pcwilliams/the-challenge-sophie-london-to-paris-24-hour-sportive-add4a442deb6]London to Paris[/url] through hailstorms and rain in 24 hours, raising another £6,000. [/p][p]I [i]love [/i]this charity, the people behind it and the projects they support, so, including my own personal giving and some more endurance challenges, [b]I am committing to raising a total of £100,000 by the end of 2021[/b]. If anyone feels the urge to help me reach this target I would be immensely grateful, and I will do my best to personally match every donation.[/p][p]To those that have supported me on this journey so far, I send enormous thanks. And to anyone else who wants to be part of supporting an incredible force for change in education, thank you for taking an interest![/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

31 Dec 2021



Nov 10, 2020


Well done! x

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 30, 2020

David and Mat

Excellent Paul. Smash it


Oct 30, 2020


Bonus birthday strive!


Oct 23, 2020


Whoop!!!! Congratulations and for an incredible cause!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 17, 2020



Oct 11, 2020


£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 10, 2020

Javier Camino

Oct 10, 2020


smash it as usual bro!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2020


Calculated wrong! Bit extra :)

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2020


Personally matching photo sales, plus my own twopointsixchallenge

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid