Frankie and friends raising
money for Pageant
On Saturday 22 March, Frankie, Rachel, Ellie, Caroline, Georgina,
Ruth, Alice and Charlotte will be taking part in the
Richmond Spring Riverside Run. The course is 10km long
and uses the towpath alongside the River Thames between Richmond and
Kingston - details on the
Richmond Spring Riverside Run website.
They have set up a donation page on the Virgin Money Giving website
and are aiming to raise a total of £2000 from sponsorship, which
they will take to The Gambia in April to spend on Pageant projects.
The team are all training hard, and donations are
starting to come in. They have already been able to buy some
goodies (hoops, jumping sacks, bean bags, eggs-and-spoons, hoppy
racers, soft balls and team bands) for sports events at several
Gambian schools, so please keep the donations coming.
Frankie, Rachel, Ellie and Caroline will be
going to The Gambia as part of the Pageant group in April. They will
be visiting some schools they visited previously, and also, for the
first time, a
little nursery in Banjul - the Unity Nursery
and Daycare Centre. The photos of the children below were taken during
Children at Unity
at Unity Nursery
and at Unity Daycare
The Pageant Runners
successfully completed the 10km race on 22 March. Pippa's report was
posted on the
Pageant News Blog, and is reproduced below:
Caroline, Rachel, Ellie,
Charlotte, Ruth, Georgina, Frances
"The Pageant Runners did themselves proud today and were worthy of
the tremendous support they have received from family and friends.
Sadly, Alice had injured herself in training, but the other seven
members of the team arrived in good time, raring to go. Alice had
nobly come along to watch and support, as had several other friends
and family members. Mercifully the overnight rain had cleared away
and it was bright, if rather chilly. The first challenge came even
before the run started - the queue for the toilets!"
Nearly there girls....
"With around 1,000 runners, the start was staggered and our team were
in the third group of four."
"Some of the supporters went off to around the 8Km mark to cheer them
on their way – and then catch them again as they neared the finish."
Keep going, girls....
You've done it!
"At the time of writing this I am not sure of all the final times,
but I believe that four of the team finished in under an hour –
brilliant! You all did so well and thoroughly deserve your medals.
(Charlotte is missing from the photo below, as she went home before
it was taken, to look after an injury she picked up during the run –
we all hope you are feeling OK now.)"
"Thank you all so much, team, for all the training and effort you
have put into this, and thank you, too, to all your wonderful
supporters. The Gambian schools and families that you will be able
to help with the amazing amount you have raised will be, as they
would say themselves, highly grateful."
"We are looking forward to our Gambian trip in April, when Frances,
Caroline, Rachel and Ellie will be coming out to give sports, maths
and art sessions and materials to several schools – I wish that all
members of the team could be coming… next time, maybe. Don’t forget
to keep an eye on the blog between 7th and 18th April to see what is
Thank you all for your support for the 'Pageant
They exceeded their target of £2000, and donations have now closed.
The money they raised was used to buy all sorts of interesting items
for their classes in The Gambia when they visited in April 2014.
Frances reported on their exploits on the
Pageant News Blog,
and we have put everything together on this
page of collected blog posts.