A headteacher in the Cotswolds is taking on the 100K in May challenge to keep The Door open.
Jon Bell from Whiteshill, and headteacher of Sir William Romney School in Tetbury is joining 50 other enthusiastic supporters in taking on The Door’s 100KinMay.
The youth charity, based in Stroud, has challenged supporters to walk, run or cycle 100km during May to raise much needed funds.
“I wanted to support The Door because I know first-hand exactly what difference they make in the lives of young people, said Jon.
“I’ve seen it with students in my school.
“Everyone is talking about this current pandemic, but I know that our young people have been facing a crisis of their own for the last few years.
“The number of young people, even 11 and 12-year-olds, in mainstream education with complex mental health and social needs is huge.
“It seems to be growing every year.
“Mental health is something we are beginning to turn the corner on, people are prepared to talk about it and my staff team are very aware of how important it is.
“The Door’s team are able to step in and meet the needs of young people.
“Without The Door I’m not sure how young people in the Stroud area would cope, not just during Covid-19 but all the time.
“So, when I saw the 100KinMay challenge I was happy to sign-up.
“In the current situation at school I’m spending most of my day sitting at my desk, so I don’t get to walk the corridors and exercise.
“I’m going running in the woods 3 times a week, averaging about 8k each time.
“Its a great way to unwind and clear my head as well as get some physical exercise – and the views from the peaks are beautiful too.
“I’ve asked all my friends and family to sponsor me, and most of the staff at school have too – I think that’s an indication of how much we all value The Door and the difference it makes.”
You can sponsor Jon at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JonathanBell24
If you are aged between 11 and 25 or a member of their family and you are struggling with home life right now you can find details of all The Door’s support services at thedoor.org.uk/virtual or you can call The Door on 01453 756745 (Monday–Friday 9am-5pm)