Feeling good, doing good, and providing a life-line of daily food

This month, our fundraising blog takes a look at how Mary's Meals supporters across the UK are using health and well-being activities to fundraise for our school feeding programmes.

Health and well-being are very important to the Mary’s Meals mission. Our school feeding programmes currently reach more than 1.1 million children across the world with a nutritious meal every school day and this is contributing to the overall health of the youngsters we support.

It’s not just our charitable work that’s helping to create healthier, happier lives; so many of our fundraisers take on health and well-being challenges to raise money to support our work. In this month’s fundraising blog, we take a look at the ways that people across the UK are doing good while feeling good.

Marathon Matt goes the extra mile for Mary’s Meals

Matt Firth, from Boston Spa in Yorkshire, hit the ground running with his Mary’s Meals fundraising. Despite undergoing knee surgery at the end of last year, Matt completed the London Marathon on the 24th April and raised £2,141.73 for our work in the process!

Matt’s incredible effort saw him smash his personal best marathon time and raise enough money to feed 175 children for a whole school year with Mary’s Meals. Matt said: “I’d been looking for the right cause to run the race for. My father-in-law is a huge Mary’s Meals supporter and the more I talked to people about Mary’s Meals, and the more I heard, the more I realised that the charity was the one for me!”

Arran Skinnymalinks lose pounds to give pounds

Residents of the Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, came up with a novel way of donating to Mary’s Meals. Instead of joining a paid-for weight loss club, a group of friends got together before Easter to form their own, giving their “membership fees” to Mary’s Meals. 

The Arran Skinnymalinks raised £1,500 from their ‘Roll Away a Stone for Easter’ campaign, all while eating healthily and exercising more! Founding member, Alison Page, said: “Raising money this way allowed the group to reflect that, in a world where people in the UK are actively trying to lose weight, no child should go hungry. It made us think about what hunger really means.

“I am so proud of the achievements of the Arran Skinnymalinks, which will help so many children through Mary’s Meals!”

Princethorpe Foundation are fundraising fit

Pupils at the Princethorpe Foundation, Rugby, have been looking out their skipping ropes and walking boots for Mary’s Meals! Seventy children at the Foundation’s junior school, Crackley Hall School, held a lunchtime sponsored skip-a-thon, taking it in turns to hop, skip, or jump for one minute to raise money for our school feeding programmes.

Not to be outdone by their young peers, the Foundation’s senior students at Princethorpe College (pictured in the header image) organised a sponsored walk where pupils completed a 24-mile hike in 7 hours, or took on 40 miles in a full day! More than 50 students and staff completed the huge task, collectively walking more than 1,444 miles. The combined efforts of pupils at both schools raised a staggering £12,762 for Mary’s Meals, which will provide daily meals to 1,046 children for a whole school year!

Mary’s Meals is quids in thanks to the Quad

Every year, the hardy participants of the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon put themselves through their paces to raise money for Mary’s Meals and international development charity Mercy Corps. Held in the beautiful surroundings of Loch Tay, the gruelling one-day event sees those taking part swim 0.8 miles, run 15 miles over seven Munroes, kayak seven miles, and cycle 34 miles!

The quadrathletes’ hard work has gone a long way to helping children in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 2011, the Artemis Quadrathlon has raised enough money to sponsor the annual costs of feeding every child in 10 schools across Malawi and Liberia. Mary’s Meals would like to wish all those preparing for this year’s Quadrathlon good luck!

Jamie and Matthew are marching to fundraising victory

Students Jamie McGowan and Matthew Sheppard, from Greenhills and Stewartfield respectively, are setting out on a 174 mile walk from Iona to St Andrews, which they hope to complete in just 12 days! Matthew and Jamie have already raised over £2,000 pounds for our work through their sponsored hike, which is enough to feed 187 children for a whole school year with Mary’s Meals!

Jamie said: “We’ve always had quite adventurous spirits so we thought walking from one side of the country to the other in aid of charity was a fantastic idea. And, without a shadow of a doubt, Mary’s Meals was the charity we had in mind.”

Matthew added: “Our motivation and inspiration is Mary’s Meals who do amazing work around the world. This really is a fantastic opportunity to help some of the poorest children in the world.”

To everyone taking on any kind of challenge for Mary’s Meals, thank you. You are helping us to reach the next child waiting for Mary’s Meals.