A group of thirteen people of mixed age and stamina, dedicated to raising funds to help children and young people in Romania, set out at 6.30am from Keynsham Elim Church to walk a fund-raising marathon. Their destination was Weston-Super-Mare some 29.2 miles in a westerly direction and they aimed to reach it by the same evening.

Just keep going...Among the group were veteran Transform Europe Network’s campaigners and fundraisers, Rachel Lee, (TEN Ambassador) and Allan Spencer (TEN Trustee). An ambitious target of £2,000 was set and the team posted on social media throughout their journey to appeal for funds on TEN’s BT MyDonate webpage https://www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/romania2018

UPDATE: Within a month the fundraising target of £2,000 was smashed by friends, family and anonymous supporters, and donations keep rolling in.

All money raised will help fund places at two summer camps for children and young people arranged by Casa Grace in Oradea, Romania. Most of the fundraisers will be travelling to Romania in July to help run the camps, as they have done for more than a decade.

Before leaving Keynsham, the group posted this personal message;

“This camp gives children who attend a chance to be children for a week, with the guarantee of 3 meals a day, clean running water (hot and cold), a bed, shelter and washing facilities. We take all these things for granted but to these children they are luxuries. We also teach them skills which are useful for everyday life and to set them up for their future. Please help us raise as much as possible. You may not think that your money will go far but every penny counts, without you it cannot happen! These children need you.”

The marathon, lived up to its name and proved gruelling in the final stages. However, despite sore blisters, aching limbs and tired muscles, the thoughts of smiling Romanian children at the summer camp spurred them through the pain barrier and the group finally reached Weston pier overlooking the sea beyond.

Destination - Weston Super MareFind out more about fund raising for Transform Europe Network