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Birmingham Melbourne participant photos
Images provided by Davina Weston and Michael Street

Since the beginning of February, School staff have been participating in the Birmingham to Melbourne Challenge, aiming to exercise their way to Australia and raise money for the Trussell Trust.

Staff have been breaking up the monotony of lockdown by running, walking and cycling, or counting twenty minutes of another exercise as a mile. The project has been organised by Sue Miles (PA), Rachel Posaner (HSMC Knowledge & Evidence Services Manager), and Davina Weston (Development Officer). Rachel has devised a way of measuring exercise “air miles,” while Davina has coordinated fundraising efforts.

Sue Miles is delighted with everyone’s progress.

“We’ve had a fantastic start to the Birmingham to Melbourne Challenge, with participants completing 1,789 miles over three weeks. We still have many miles to add; this is only the start. I’d like to thank everyone for their efforts so far.

During lockdown, Sue has found taking part in a group challenge to be inspiring.

“I was struggling to exercise due to lack of motivation.  I did try to go for a walk every lunchtime, but I just found myself working through all the time. Taking part in the Challenge has made me stop and go for a walk, which is great for both mind and body, and I’ve now got a routine that I try to stick to. Trying to beat the miles you’ve achieved each week is really rewarding and motivating. It’s a simple idea that doesn’t take much effort. I like yoga, so if I attend a class, I’ll count every twenty minutes as a mile.”

The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of food banks, providing emergency food and support to people in poverty. Their mission is to end the need for foodbanks in the UK.

The Challenge runs until the end of April. If you’d like to support by contributing to the fundraising efforts, you can find out more on the Justgiving Page. School staff can also track the Challenge through the SoSP Social Events – Committee Teams group.