Pewsey Vale School teacher and Assistant Head, Chantal Dean, is tackling the gruelling Race to the Stones on July 10th and 11th. The 100km route follows The Ridgeway, ending at Avebury Stone Circle. Chantal is raising money for Tree of Life Charity which will provide specialist equipment and therapies to help improve the quality of life of her god-daughter, Poppy. You can sponsor Chantal here.
Poppy is 10 years old and severely disabled. She is registered blind, epileptic, and has quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Her condition is life limiting. However, Poppy has continued to impress doctors with her progress and shows alertness and is responsive to her environment. Poppy attends Brimble Hill School. The family live near Wroughton.
Chantal told Marlborough.news, “Poppy is amazing and has fought every day to just survive and exceed all expectations. In order to help raise the funds to give her the opportunity to communicate, using the eye gaze technology, I am going to be running (walking/crawling) my way over the 100km Race to the stones, ending up at Avebury, course on July 10 -11.”
The Race to the Stones will be a challenge for Chantal who commented, “I was not a runner as a child. I’ve not done the popular Couch to 5K programme but Couch to 100K!”
Chantal is in charge of a programme called Compass for Life at Pewsey Vale School. This programme is designed to challenge pupils and encourage them to aspire to new heights. So now she is living out the advice of the programme.
“Compass for Life does challenge us to have our own Super North Star (big scary dreams goals and challenges) but also to create a legacy. What do we want to do for others and what would we like to be remembered for. This challenge certainly ticks all of those boxes (especially being big and scary).”
Pewsey Vale School and its partner Swindon Schools are also supporting the fund-raising by holding non-uniform days before the end of term. Funds raised will go to Poppy’s appeal.