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Archie's Kenyan Safari Challenge sees more than £1,000 raised by Bridgnorth school

By Rory Smith | Education | Published:

A rural village school near Bridgnorth has raised more than £1,000 by travelling the distance of the Kenyan border by any means necessary – without stepping a foot outside Shropshire.

Archie Beech had the idea to cover the Kenyan border in aid of charity

With just four classes, it may have seemed daunting for pupils at Brown Clee C of E Primary School to cover 2,141 miles in seven days while raising money for charity.

Archie Beech in red, with little brother William

But whether it be walking, running, cycling, swimming or horse riding, the school in Ditton Priors completed Archie's Kenyan Safari Challenge for the charity Karibuni Children.

The idea arose when pupil Archie Beech realised the school would not be able to hold its usual collection of stationery to send to children living in the slums of Kenya due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Archie's whole family got involved with the fundraising efforts

With support from headteacher Sue Relph, the seven-year-old launched his challenge for the school to cover the distance of the Kenyan border in seven days from July 6.

Setting off virtually from Mombasa, parents, staff, governors and children were asked to send in their daily miles along with photos for Miss Relph to keep track of.

Student Emily Sanderson chose to cover her miles on horseback

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"Everyone really made a special effort over the weekend and we had large mileages sent in – some had even been swam," said Miss Relph.

"We had a few horse rides and lots of cycles.

The school completed the challenge in seven days

"By Saturday the school still had 1,102 miles to go – more than half the distance – and by Sunday morning we had reached 1,272 miles, which still left us with 869 miles to go in one day.

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"It was amazing to see the efforts that our school community went to on Sunday – the miles flooded in as everyone was desperate to help Archie reach his goal.”

The Robinson brothers, Joel, Sam and Zac, took to the water

The target mileage was exceeded on Sunday evening with a total of 2,283.

Miss Relph added: "What an amazing achievement for a small school community, and what a great difference it will make to the children in Kenya.

Archie Beech had the idea to cover the Kenyan border in aid of charity

"All of this from the idea of a seven-year-old boy with a big heart and huge ambition.

"Well done Archie."

Archie Beech had the idea to cover the Kenyan border in aid of charity

More than £1,000 has been raised for Karibuni Children, which has given practical hope and support to thousands of children living in Kenyan slums.

To donate to the cause, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BrownCleeSchool

Rory Smith

By Rory Smith
Reporter - @rorysmith_star

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley, Telford.

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