On Saturday, employees from South Kesteven District Council Waste Department walked 26 miles in aid of FOSA (Friends of Sandon & Ambergate).
David Bennington, Dave Leivers, Blake Hutchinson, Rhys Page, and Jordan Brooks from SKDC IT Departments with Darren Brooks, friend of David & Dave, decided to take part in the marathon walk to support the schools.
Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF) comprises of two Grantham-based schools, Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School. They cater for pupils between the ages of 3 and 19 with moderate to severe learning difficulties and complex needs.
David Bennington, whose son is a pupil at GANF, set up the challenge 5 years ago and thought that it would be a great idea to do it again.
David said: “When I suggested it to my work colleagues, they were all very keen to help. My son has progressed so well at GANF and takes part in many extra-curricular activities, so I just wanted to do something to give back. My colleagues jumped at the chance to help raise money for such a fantastic local cause.”
Dave Leivers also took part 5 years ago and said: “I couldn’t wait to do it all again to raise money for the pupils. I follow the GANF & FOSA pages on social media and you can see how much the children benefit from extra funding, so it was a very easy decision for me to do it again.”
The group set off from a very windy Lincoln Cathedral at 9am on the morning of the walk, arriving in Grantham at 5.30pm. This included a 20 minute stop in Leadenham for a picnic lunch.
Katie Bennington, Chair of FOSA, said: “We are so grateful to everyone who took part. They should all be extremely proud of themselves for what they achieved on the day. They have raised a phenomenal amount of money for the pupils which will go towards our next project at the schools.”
The guys had reached £1,170 in online donations by the end of their marathon walk but there is still time to donate! If you wish to make a donation, please using the link: https://gofund.me/449cb44b
From the FOSA Team, and staff and pupils at GANF – Thank you to everyone involved!