Children support woman’s 62-mile trek to educate African children

PUBLISHED: 18:00 03 June 2018

Val Gurl with St Nicholas Chantry Primary School pupils.

Val Gurl with St Nicholas Chantry Primary School pupils.


A Clevedon woman will take on a 62-mile walk this summer as part of a bid to raise hundreds of pounds for a charity supporting education in Africa.

Val Gurl will complete the Wye Valley Challenge on August 11 and 12 to raise money for UK-based charity Care For Uganda.

Money raised will go to rural communities of the Lowero District of Uganda where St Nicholas Chantry Primary School, where Val volunteers as a playleader for the out-of-school club, is twinned with Kigogo Primary School.

Val said: “I have been fortunate enough to visit the area twice since 2013 on development support visits and helped to build tippy taps, and distribute solar lamps and life-saving mosquito nets.

“I am aiming to raise as much money as possible to help continue the programme of support for needy families and give them a hand up in life.

“In July 2017, as a personal challenge to get fit after fracturing my hip, I completed a walking marathon on the Cotswolds Way.

“I had never walked this far in a day ever.

“At lunchtime on that day, my friend and walking partner in crime and I were chatting to a relief driver who told us about the Ultra Challenge Series.

“Every pound you are able to donate to sponsor my walk will go direct to help to give a family a hand up in life.

“Every penny will encourage me and spur me on.”

To support Val’s campaign children at St Nicholas Chantry Primary’s out-of-school club have been washing their teachers’ cars and raising money.

Playleader Louie Richards said: “The children have been very enthusiastic, making banners, posters, T-shirts and holding a cake sale to help Val raise as much money as possible.

“They have helped to add a remarkable £325 to Val’s fundraising which is an amazing achievement for a small branch of the after-school club.

“Thank you too to B&M Bargains for donating buckets and car valet packs for our event.”

Val also completed the Mighty Hike for Macmillan Cancer Support last year.

Click here to donate to Val’s campaign.

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