On Sunday, 2nd December, seven supporters, including staff members, young people and friends of the British Youth Council embraced the festive season, dressed up as Santa, and took part in the London Santa Run. Raising money for the British Youth Council, the runners were cheered on by a team of staff, friends and trustees underneath a flurry of fake snow.
Kira Lewis, who is a member of the UK Youth Parliament Procedures Group, commented; “I was proud to take part in this year’s London Santa Run, alongside some of the fantastic British Youth Council staff. The organisation has given me a platform to campaign for issues that have mattered most to me over the years I’ve been a member. I’ve really seen the difference the British Youth Council has made locally and nationally, so it’s important to me that I help give back to them through fundraising.”
The runners raised over £1,200 towards the work of the British Youth Council, which is an incredible amount. Support from events like this enables young people from across the UK to find their voice and use it for social and political change. From everyone at the British Youth Council, thank you to our runners, supporters and donors.
Don’t forget, to hear more about ways you can be involved in events like the Santa Run, sign up to our Friends of British Youth Council mailing list here.
On Sunday, 15th July, four runners took part in the Virgin Sport British 10K to raise money for the British Youth Council. Braving the 30 ̊C heat and getting into the party spirit, our runners took to the challenge with high energy and enthusiasm and our cheer team made up of staff, trustees and friends were there to offer encouragement at the half-way point.
Collectively raising over £1,000 the challenge event champions smashed their targets and have made a huge contribution to the British Youth Council and young people across the UK. To the runners, donors and volunteers, THANK YOU!
Jo Hobbs, Cheif Executive of the British Youth Council commented “It is fantastic to see so much support for a charity like the British Youth Council. It goes to show that small niche charities can still engage in challenge event fundraising and that people are happy to support our vital work.”
If you would like to take part in a challenge event or would like to organise your own fundraising event, please get in touch with our Head of Fundraising, Victoria Ward on Victoria.firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday, 3rd December, six supporters donned their Christmas outfits and took part in the Santa Run to raise vital funds for the British Youth Council. Despite the rain and cold, the atmosphere was cheerful and festive with a team of staff, friends and trustees there to cheer on the brave Santas!
Lewis Adlington-Lee, Deputy Chair of the British Youth Council and the first to sign up for the Santa Run commented: “I did the Santa Run because I care about the British Youth Council and want to help support its’ programmes to continue. I also did it because as Deputy Chair and a Trustee, it is so important to lead by example when we are asking for support. I think the British Youth Council is incredibly important as it helps young people have a genuine influence on the communities in which they live and provides the platforms for them to shape their futures.”
Luke Thornton, Treasurer of the British Youth Council who also took part said: ‘ I decided to take part in the Santa Run because I was excited to join a new and exciting way for the British Youth Council to raise funds. Reading the news, every day it becomes clearer why our work is so important, helping engage you people to influence decisions they care about. The British Youth Council is undergoing a huge period of change and a key part of that is making sure we are growing and sustainable. Getting involved in fundraising by volunteering for a challenge event helps us on this journey while having lots of fun!’
Our runners included Trustees and Alumni of the British Youth Council. Joe Stockley, one of our trustees taking part was undeterred by cancelled trains and completed his 5K run at home sending pictures to update all of his generous donors!
— Joe Stockley (@Joey_St0cks) December 3, 2017
The runners raised over £1,300 towards the work of the British Youth Council, which is an incredible amount and really will make a huge difference to our work empowering young people to take action on the issues that affect them. From everyone at the British Youth Council, thank you to our runners, supporters and donors.