For those of you who don’t know me very well, I have a small number of passions in life. These are my family; helping children through my work as Headteacher at Belmont Special School and supporting Gloucestershire’s Pied Piper Appeal, an amazing children’s charity.
Many years ago our wonderful daughter Amber, at just two years old, was seriously ill in Gloucester children’s hospital with a chest infection and collapsed lung. Thanks to the amazing staff, and resources paid for by Pied Piper, she made a full recovery. From there, our family made a commitment to always help Pied Piper in its work to support the children’s ward: the charity was also instrumental in the building of the new Children’s Centre in 1992 with a pledge of £4 million.
I was honoured two years ago when asked to support the charity as a Trustee and learn more about the absolutely amazing work it does. It is wonderful to see how every penny helps local children with special needs, or who are seriously ill in hospital. Pied Piper has also, once again, supported Belmont with a huge pledge of £200k towards improving our facilities to provide inclusive sports opportunities for our children and the community.
I’ve been searching for a project that links my passion for sports and for helping young people, and on Sunday 24th July I depart Land’s End in Cornwall to head for John O’Groats at the top of Scotland. I will be cycling over 1000 miles in 14 days and coming to Belmont in Cheltenham on Wednesday 27th July when we have a family fun afternoon between 2pm and 5pm, so please come along.
Please support this fundraiser with a donation here – it is linked directly to the Pied Piper Appeal: