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Furness 10 in 10 School Challenge

February 12, 2016

Local athlete, founder of the Parkside Panthers Running Group & Fitness Instructor Sonja Foster is undertaking an incredible challenge to run 10 marathons in 10 consecutive days, raising money to support young people in Furness.

In recognition of this amazing athletic endeavour, local schools in Barrow will be running the equivalent length of Sonja’s challenge  - 262 miles in just one day with each child running a mile.  

Sonja & the schools taking part are doing this in support of the charitable work of Brathay Trust who help young people have happier futures. All the money raised through this event will support their Focus on Furness Appeal which aims to raise £45,000 to:

  • Work with Furness young people living in care or on the verge of entering the care system with unstable or difficult family lives. Brathay will inspire them to build their confidence and set goals to help them find employment and live independently.
  • Work with vulnerable young people, particularly girls, to build their confidence and self-awareness so they value themselves, stay safe and have positive, healthy relationships.   

This is the second time Sonja has done the 10 in 10, this time she is doing it for the Focus on Furness appeal: “I am doing this to raise as much money as I can for Brathay because I’ve seen first-hand what a fantastic job they do, the money I raise will be staying in Furness, for children and young people in Furness. 

Child Poverty affects 3000 young people across Barrow and Furness this affects schooling, self-esteem, mental health and general wellbeing. Brathays work in furness will directly target these young people and their families and will help them improve their chances and future outcomes. The 10in10 challenge for schools will raise the profile of Brathay within the Furness area whilst providing an exciting opportunity for the young people to get involved” 

The schools taking part include:

  • South Walney Juniors
  • St Pius
  • Dane Ghyll School
  • Askam Village School
  • Victoria Academy
  • St James School
  • St Mary’s School
  • Church Walk School
  • Croftlands Juniors,
  • Sir John Barrow School
  • Greengate Juniors

If you would like to support Sonja you can Sponsor her via her just giving page

Furness Building Society are supporting this event and staff in the main Barrow branch will also be completing their own static Marathon on a treadmill. Please support them too if you can. 

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