Weʼre raising £500 to donate books to schools in areas of deprivation
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One of the greatest privileges of being a Paralympian is getting to put something back.
Sharing my story at schools, speaking to children, and answering questions from who my biggest role model is to what I ate for breakfast, is just the most rewarding, entertaining and humbling part of the job.
But getting the opportunity to visit schools all across the UK has given me an insight into the postcode lottery that is our school system. Sometimes a matter of miles separates an affluent school from one struggling for funds. Tired sports halls with gym mats bursting at the seams, the stuffing hanging out. Tiny concrete playgrounds, devoid of greenery. Faded PE kits with patches and holes.
“Dream big,” I say. “Work hard. Don’t give up.” And at every school I visit, children share their aspirations and ambitions with me.
“I want to be a dancer.”
“I want to go to the Olympics.”
“I’m going to cure cancer.”
Every person on this planet is capable of achieving incredible things given the right opportunity. I truly believe this.
But… some of us are given more opportunity than others.
The stats are simply heart-breaking with success weighted in favour of those with means. When it comes to sports, children from more deprived areas are three times less likely to get involved in out-of-school sports activities – cost, access, space, and time are all barriers to this. Even in schools, the opportunities available differ wildly depending on where you are.
It’s not just sport where children in living poverty are at a disadvantage. The National Literacy Trust found that almost 400,000 children in the UK don’t own a book. Not one single book!
So, here’s the thing… I need your help.
I’m asking you to gift a copy of Run Like A Girl to a child who might not be able to afford it otherwise.
£9.99 covers the cost of a book. I’m not doing this as a quick way to make a profit, a cheeky scheme to piggyback on generous contributions. For every copy of a book gifted I will match it with one of my own.
Because I know how powerful it is when you equip young people with the right tools. Without the support of many, many people I wouldn’t have achieved a fraction of what I have, or continue to do so today. Nobody achieves on their own, but when we are given the chance to do so the possibilities are endless.
The wonderful team at The Mintridge Foundation will be supporting this initiative to help distribute copies of Run Like A Girl, making sure that they end up in the hands of those who will really benefit from stories of inspiring role models. I have some BIG plans to continue supporting the Mintridge Foundation (watch this space!) to fund more of their brilliant sports and mentorship schemes, specifically for young people living in areas of deprivation.
This is not a solution, but it is a start. I cannot do this alone and I am beyond grateful for any contribution you are able to make.
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I love the work of Danielle "bringing people in", young people who, because of limitations, may feel they do not have the possibilities of other people. She sets a formidable example leading the way!
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Here you go Dani. Keep up the great work you are doing 👍🙏
Oct 8, 2021
Wonderful initiative Danielle. A true inspiration.
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