For those who may not know Catie Blundell, she is the Participation Officer and runs the Children in Care Council, their groups Care2HaveFun and Care2Listen, as well as leading the Reading Care Leavers group and their Skills4ABrighterFuture initiative.

Catie tells us about her great fundraising efforts for a children’s charity:

“During the month of October, I will be embarking on the Coram 1739 challenge by cycling 1739 km throughout the whole month. This amounts to 56km per day and just short of 400km per week. It’s a big ask and not only am I worried about my fitness (can I do it?!) but how I’m going to manage it alongside working full time.

“I wanted to do this as Coram is a great charity, it’s there for children and young people in care, this sort of support is so vital as life can sometimes feel quite isolating in care. At Brighter Futures for Children we work with some of the loveliest children and young people in the care system and I want to make sure they can access the support they need.

The figure, 1739, represents the year Coram was set up, however, they have struggled with fundraising throughout the pandemic and are in need of funds. If you would like to show your support, I have set up a JustGiving page but if you just want to follow my physical and emotional journey as I use the time to cycle and reflect on what life must be like in care, that’s fine too.

I have asked Brighter Futures for Children staff and friends to join me on some of the rides and I hope to share some of my rides with you.”

Good luck to Catie! We’ll keep you posted with her story.