Highfield and Brookham's Estate Manager Raises £1,548 For Charity
Guy Baber, Highfield and Brookham's Estate Manager, ran the 8th annual South Downs Way 100 mile race (SDW100) last weekend in a time of 24 hours, 11 minutes starting at 6am on Saturday 8th June, running through the day and night, and finishing at 6.11am on Sunday, raising £1,548 (including Gift Aid).
Guy was running to raise money for two charities: Acorn Children's Hospice and Highreach Holidays. Guy’s niece, Amalie, got very ill when she was 2 years old and suffered from brain damage, leaving her disabled and needing 24 hour care and support. The Acorn Children’s Hospice, has three locations in Walsall, Worcester and Selly Oak, and continues to support Amalie, her family, and other families like them.
Highreach Holidays is a small volunteer-run organisation that provides an annual week-long residential holiday for amazing children like Amalie and young adults, aged 8 -16 years old, with a range of learning difficulties, who may also have physical disabilities or medical conditions. It allows them to enjoy an incredible week full of memorable experiences in the safe environment of Highfield and Brookham Schools on the boarder of Hampshire and West Sussex. It also provides crucial respite for the families of these children.
Guy Baber is the Estate Manager at Highfield and Brookham Schools, where his three children, Joey, Tully and Morgan, all attend. His wife Sophie Baber, is also the Headteacher of Brookham School. Although Guy has completed many ultra-running events this was his longest single race.
I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has sponsored me. I know how much Acorns supports my niece, her family and other families like them. Meeting everyone attending Highreach Holidays was a privilege, and it was obvious how much it meant to all the children and their families. So raising this money is my way of saying thank you to these charities and helping them, in a small way, continue their amazing work. Without doubt it was the hardest physical challenge I have undertaken so far. The highlight of the race for me was watching the sun rise over the South Downs, and the toughest part was getting out of a comfortable chair at a check point! I hope the lessons I learned getting through this race, I can use again. My advice to others undertaking similar challenges is have a goal, enjoy the journey and run (or walk) your own race!
When asked if he would run the SDW100 again, Guy said
Ask me in a week’s time and when my wife is not in listening distance!
There is still time to sponsor Guy and help raise money for these two amazing charities at https://pledgit.net/guybaber2019
To find out more about the charities and the life-changing work they do visit https://www.acorns.org.uk/ and https://www.highfieldschool.org.uk/extra-dimensions/highreach-holidays