Student makes strides for Racing Welfare

A young student at North Yorkshire School Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate (QE) has taken on an inspirational running challenge in 2021.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 3:31 pm

A young student at North Yorkshire School Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate (QE) has taken on an inspirational running challenge in 2021.

Freja Thackray, eight, a student at Chapter House, QE’s Early Years, infant and junior provision, is running for Racing Welfare, having set herself the goal of running 20 lots of 2021 metres in 2021.

The youngster is set to complete her challenge by May Bank Holiday Weekend. She set herself a target to raise £500, but to date she has raised over £4,300 through her Just Giving page.

Freja said: “I am raising money for Racing Welfare as I know how much they can help people – in many different ways.

“Whether it is a course, re-training, a grant or even a companion call, help is available through Racing Welfare.”

“Mental health courses and support for all issues is available through their services.”

She added: “Raising awareness and providing support in this area, for me, is crucial, as I know how important this support is.

“I have, sadly, known people who would have benefitted from it but never asked.”

Head of chapter House Mrs Kilkenny said: “I am always so proud of the children if they challenge themselves to raise money for charities.”

“This is not the first year that Freja has raised money and awareness for Racing Welfare, and it is lovely to see that she is raising money again for a cause that is close to her heart.”

Freja is completing some of the runs around her village with her Mum but others are at yards or studs with members of the racing/breeding community running with her. Freja is documenting her journey on Twitter at @RunningforRW.