Coastal run around Britain raises £25,000 for Kenyan charity

Simon Clark coastal run
Simon Clark during his 5,000 mile coastal run around Britain. Photo: Twitter/EcolgiaYouthTr

Ecologia Youth Trust’s intrepid adventurer Simon Clark, has raised £25,000 from his 5,000 mile anti-clockwise coastal run around Britain.

He was inspired to fulfill his childhood dream to run round the entire British coast after reading Rosie Swale Pope’s book ‘Just a Little Run Around the World’.

Heading west and then north, Simon left Ecologia’s base in Findhorn, Morayshire on Easter Sunday 2016.

Running, camping, taking up offers of floors to sleep on, while keeping up with his architectural job meant every penny donated could go towards the work of the charity which work with disadvantaged children and young people in Kenya as well as Uganda, Myanmar, Russia and Scotland.

He finally completed his journey on June 5.

In Kenya Ecologia Youth Trust are working in partnership with International Peace Initiatives (IPI), an organisation based in Meru County, which is particularly focussed on improving the future of local vulnerable children.

Through IPI, the charity provides funding, through grants, donations and our child sponsorship scheme, for the running of Kithoka Amani Community Home (KACH), which cares for 30 local vulnerable children whilst allowing them to maintain close ties to their families and friends.

Since December 2012, the charity has raised more than £40,000. This has enabled them to provide the funding to pay for school uniforms, books, stationery, midday meals, fares for public transport, educational trips and some pocket money for 24 resident children at KACH.

They have also been able to support IPI develop skills training for women. In 2014 IPI completed the successful first year of its Ecologia-sponsored tailoring training for 15 vulnerable Kenyan women who would not usually be able to access such a course.

If you would like to donate to Simon’s epic fundraising run, you can do so via his Virgin Money Giving page.

Leave a Reply