St John’s Beaumont School is extremely proud of our very own Ms Thornycroft who during lockdown found an active way of supporting an incredible charity.

Village Water is a charity that transforms lives in rural Africa through safe water, sanitation, and hygiene. Better health means children can go to school more and parents have time to farm and provide for their families.

Read an account of her fundraising amazing effort;

“Along with so many other sporting events, the Comrades and Unogwaja challenge was cancelled. My husband has been training for Olympic trials which were also cancelled this year, and so we wanted to put our training to good use, so decided to cycle 1700km, under social distancing guidance, over the 10 days half term break.

We both knew this challenge would be tough and so wanted to get others involved, taking on a challenge of their own, so working towards something positive together and raising funds for Village water as we went.

The support was incredible, with the Lower Figures boys joining in we raised £1256, with people taking on the challenge from random acts of kindness, such as paying for a stranger’s fuel at a gas station, to climbing the altitude of Everest and Ben Nevis on a bike.

It was most certainly a challenge that we overcame, but more importantly brought us all close together as we faced our struggles as a team, and changed our focus to supporting those around us rather than our own struggles or discomforts.

Thank you to everyone who got involved and supported this incredible charity that is working toward providing clean, accessible water to villages in Africa!”

If you would like to support Ms Thornycroft, Village Water and the Unagwaja Challenge, click here

To  follow her on her adventures, see here on Instagram: – Team_Africa_Challenge