As we welcome the return of blue skies and sunshine, once again brightening up our days, we are reminded of the wonderful weather we enjoyed last bank holiday weekend, during which, our incredible community took part in the Highclare Hike VE Day challenge.
Throughout the Highclare Hike, bank holiday weekend we shared photos of pupils, teachers, support staff, governors, family and friends all taking part in walks, runs, scoots and cycles to add miles to our total as we attempted to walk from Birmingham through Europe, checking in to some of Europe’s capital cities as they were in 1945. Our starting goal was to travel a total distance of 1058 miles, passing through Birmingham to London to Paris to Brussels to Amsterdam to Berlin.
Although our priority was to launch a challenge to keep us active, healthy, safe while uniting us together we hoped to raise funds through sponsorship for two key charities:
- YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health.
- SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.
It was an enormous privilege to see our community come together. As a team, we travelled an incredible 4713 miles! Not only did we make it around 1945 Europe returning back to Birmingham, we have also managed to raise nearly £1000 for two fantastic charities.
We have been blown away by your generosity, of both time and donations! It was wonderful to hear of so many children enjoying family time, researching VE day, keeping active and exploring the local area safely while ‘travelling’ through 1945 Europe. Raising £965 for charity in a weekend at any time, but particularly during this time of uncertainty, is remarkable and testament to the generosity and community spirit of Highclare families.
Following the success of the Highclare Hike we wonder whether we should make this an annual event, walking together as a team, remembering a time when it was more important than ever to come together and show how much we care.
Thank you so much for your support, together we made a difference.