Paul Williams

Paul Williams

Big Change Challenge

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]The latest chapter in my fund-raising journey for Big Change is a dual challenge: cycle 100 km on the Virtual Strive Challenge, then hike and run 100 km on the Strive Weekender with my wife Justine ... in the same week! Although it broke us, we finished and are now recovering![/p][p]The story began 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. I also published a book of photos taken in-flight. 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. [/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 committed to raise a total of £100,000 by the end of 2021[/b]. In fact, through the incredible generosity of friends and colleagues, I actually hit this target in 2020, so am now trying to go further, as the investment in the next generation never stops. If anyone feels the urge to support this cause, 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 2025

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Aug 5, 2021

Paul Williams

Personally matching recent donations. Thank you!!

£100.00


Jul 29, 2021

Rich Norton

Impressive stuff!

£100.00


Jul 16, 2021

Paul Williams

Personally matching recent donations. Thank you!

£400.00


Jul 16, 2021

Anonymous

£100.00


Jul 16, 2021

Vlad

Great cause!

£300.00


Jul 13, 2021

Paul Williams

Personally matching recent donations. Thank you so much!

£330.00


Jul 13, 2021

Arjun

Thank you Paul for the great effort. Nice job!!

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Jul 13, 2021

DeclanK

Wow - fantastic effort Paul

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Jul 13, 2021

Gabi

You and Justine - phenominal!

£50.00


Jul 13, 2021

Adam

Amazing!

£100.00

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