16 year old Millie Pringle completed a sky dive in support of Sentebale in August 2016, raising £587 for Sentebale (including Gift Aid)!
“I had an amazing day, it was definitely the best thing I have ever done!” she said.
Inspired by Sentebale’s work with vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa, Millie would like to work in Africa in the future. “I feel raising this money is a good stepping stone in the right direction, until the opportunity arises where I can physically offer my support.”
The Virgin Money London Marathon 2016 was Cate Leval’s first ever marathon! She finished the 26.2 mile route around London’s most famous sights and landmarks in just 4 hours and 22 minutes; a fantastic achievement!
“Thank you for all your help and encouragement in the build up to the Marathon. I was extremely proud to represent Sentebale and to talk about it to fellow runners as we waited to start”.
Thank you Cate!
Simon Gentry visited Lesotho in 2015 and witnessed Sentebale’s work with orphans and vulnerable children first hand. When he read about the opportunity to cycle for Sentebale in the 2016 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, he jumped at the chance to raise money to enable us to continue this vital work, smashing his fundraising target by raising £1,133!
Of the 100 mile route, which starts in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and follows undulating closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside, Simon said, “it was very hard, but I’m delighted to have done it, and to have been much quicker than I expected too!”
12-year-old Rachel Mokete completed the 2017 Great North Swim in Lake Windermere to raise money for Sentebale’s work with orphans and vulnerable children in southern Africa.
Why Sentebale? “My father is originally from Lesotho. I have seen the wonderful work this charity does for children in Africa who are less fortunate than me,” says Rachel.
We’d like to say a big thank you to Rachel for swimming half a mile of chilly, open water in the pouring rain to raise almost £500 towards our work. Well done!
Daniel Clay completed the 2019 Prudential RideLondon 100 riding fixed gear on behalf of Sentebale.
“I wanted a challenge that would remind me of why I was doing this, not just to go for a long bike ride! Proud to have ridden in support of Sentebale who play such a vital role in advocating for, empowering and giving voice to children and young people who have started life under some really challenging circumstances,” said Daniel who completed the gruelling 100-mile course in 6.5 hours on his single speed bike.
Congratulations again on completing the challenge, Daniel! You should be incredibly proud of your achievement.
Daniel said he is already planning to beat his target time next year!
Dylan Mouratsing and his colleague Mike Vinall only signed up for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon 12 weeks before the big day… knowing full well it takes between 18 to 24 weeks to train for a marathon!
But the duo trained hard and completed the iconic race, smashing their fundraising target and raising £3,845.00 (plus Gift Aid) for Sentebale.
“Seeing the weather forecast the conditions looked spot on. Then getting to the start at Blackheath and seeing and hearing the buzz of the crowds and the runners, I knew it was going to be a special experience,” Dylan said.
“The atmosphere was amazing all the way around, and even spotted my squad when I needed them, well into the final third. I was able to stick to my plan in terms of pacing, so in the end I set a new personal best.”
“More importantly, we raised awareness and money for Sentebale – just the thought of our donors’ generosity helped so much to fuel the training, as well as the marathon itself. An unforgettable day!”
On 16th July 2019, Yulia Syerova, successfully reached the summit of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps at 4,810m (15,780 ft) raising over £500 in aid of Sentebale.
Yulia first travelled to Lesotho in April 2019 and says she was taken in by the country’s beautiful terrain, but was shocked when she discovered how many young boys were deprived of primary education, working as shepherds from a very young age.
“It took me almost 17 hours to reach the summit and descend. But still I believe it’s incomparable with harsh conditions and difficult daily life of young shepherds working in mountainous regions of Lesotho,” Yulia said after she had recovered from this once in a lifetime experience.
On the behalf of the Sentebale team, we would like to thank you, Yulia. What an achievement!