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Young fundraisers attempt Transatlantic distance – with a ceilidh on the way

Release Date: 29 Jan 2018

A group of 11 young professionals have set themselves the exhausting challenge of running, walking, swimming and cycling the equivalent of an Atlantic crossing before the end of February to support Barnardo’s work with vulnerable children, young people and families.

Members of the Raise Your Hand fundraising group are volunteering at Barnardo's Brixton store in January and February.

The Raise Your Hand! team have agreed they cannot count commuting towards the ambitious 1,770 mile target, so their combined efforts must be on top of their daily routines.

As well as taking part in events like the Royal Parks Hyde 10k in Hyde Park on January 27, members of the group are organising a series of fundraising events to help them towards their £2,500 goal – including an upcoming ceilidh at St Andrew Church in Holborn on Friday, February 2.

Tickets for the ceilidh cost £20 and all proceeds from that event will be split between Barnardo’s and the Mlambe Project, which supports education projects in Malawi.

Chris Davis from Raise Your Hand! said:

Children do not choose the circumstances they find themselves in and can often be amongst the most vulnerable members of society. I’m excited to be raising money for Barnardo’s and Mlambe as I believe that the right support, care, and intervention at a young age can make a massive difference for the better to a child’s outcomes, and that is what these charities are doing.

The young fundraisers, who live mostly in south London, came together for the first time after joining a civil service graduate scheme, through a shared desire to support Barnardo’s work with children around the UK.

So far they have raised more than £1,100 for Barnardo’s and members have also been volunteering at the Brixton Barnardo’s store in January and February, sorting donated clothes and bric-a-brac and serving customers.

Lynn Gradwell, Director of Barnardo’s London, said:

This is an incredible fundraising adventure by the young Raise Your Hand! team and I want to thank each of them for their efforts. Together they will have made a very real difference to the lives of vulnerable children, young people and families in the UK. I wish them the best of luck in reaching their Transatlantic target and a hugely enjoyable ceilidh.

Tickets for the ceilidh cost £20 including two hours’ dancing with a band and experienced caller, a welcome drink on arrival and hot Scottish food. There will also be a raffle and a chance to hear about the work each charity does.

For ceilidh tickets please visit:

To sponsor the Raise Your Hand! team’s Transatlantic challenge please visit:


Notes to editors

For more information please contact Dan Hodges on 07887 737 048 or email

Picture caption: L-R Raise Your Hand! volunteers Sam Hobbs, Chris Davis, Marcus Belli, and Alice Barker at the Barnardo’s store in Brixton

About Barnardo's

Barnardo’s is the UK’s largest and oldest children’s charity. Established in 1866, it last year helped 272,000 children, young people, families and carers.

The charity runs more than 1,000 services across the UK. Its children’s centres were last year used by more than 180,000 people and it offered mental health and wellbeing support to more than 21,000 people.

Barnardo’s gives specialist support to children and young people who have been sexually exploited, young people who are leaving care, young carers and children who have a parent in prison. Our supported lodgings services offer temporary accommodation for young people leaving care or facing homelessness in a number of areas across the UK.

Barnardo’s is the UK’s largest UK voluntary adoption agency and the largest not-for-profit fostering agency.

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