By Kelly Wickham
A student from Bishop Luffa School is taking on a challenge to raise money for a trip.
Bethany Stonefrost, a 17-year-old from Chichester, is running 100km during February to raise money so she can work with the Grassroots charity in Tanzania this summer.
Working with Grassroots, and 23 other selected pupils and staff from Bishop Luffa, Bethany will be helping in the feeding programme, supporting a village school and visiting a hospital, providing families with chickens, which is a massive benefit to their lives, and assisting in the development of facilities for the community of Mbeya, Tanzania. Bethany will also meet the children, Eva and Masha, she and her family sponsor.
“I’m taking on this challenge to raise money for a trip to Mybeya, Tanzania, with Grassroots charity and Bishop Luffa School in which I will be helping with the meal programme that is run by Grassroots, supporting the village school, visiting the hospital and assisting in the development of facilities in the community,” said Bethany.
“To prepare for my 100k over February I did not do much training beforehand, which made my first week of running tough and full of aches.
“The toughest part of me running 100k over February, so far has been finding the time and energy to be going out running five days of the week, when it’s pouring down with rain and very, very windy, and fitting this in with going to sixth form and before it gets dark.”
Grassroots is a registered Christian charity that helps to relieve poverty with international child sponsorship programmes in India, Kenya, Romania and Tanzania, providing food, education, medical care and accommodation.
In addition to this, Grassroots supports a drop-in centre in Tenerife called The Living Room. Run by local Christians, The Living Room provides a safe place to talk, relax and provides a lifeline to those suffering from addiction to drugs and alcohol. The team run the centre during the day and spend their nights visiting club workers.
Bethany added: “I’ve never done a challenge which has needed a month’s worth of motivation to complete, or so much running before. I think I would definitely take on another challenge like this in the future because although it has been tough, it’s shown me how far I can push myself to raise money for a charitable cause.”
In the UK, Grassroots supports the prayer spaces in schools initiative that visits primary and secondary schools to encourage children and young people to think about what they believe about prayer.
To sponsor Bethany, visit: justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bethany-stonefrost