A student at Henshaws Specialist College in Harrogate has raised nearly £1,500 for people living with sight loss and other disabilities.

Flora Nelson, who attends the specialist college on Bogs Lane, has been taking part in the ‘Fifty Miles More’ challenge organised by the college to raise much-needed funds for people living with disabilities.

Participants were asked to walk or run 50 miles in March or to add a further 50 miles to their usual routine, and Flora’s £1,500 total has helped the college reach £7,000 overall.

Flora’s parents, Sally and David, said:

“When people ask Flora if she likes college, she beams a smile and says an emphatic “yes!’ This is one of the very few words she is able to vocalise, but at Henshaws that is not a problem. Students learn to be as independent and as empowered as possible, to live full and rich lives.

“Flora’s time at Henshaws has been life-changing. The care and education she receives is outstanding. Henshaws supports some of the most vulnerable young adults in our region at a key time in their lives and we want to help the charity to secure that provision in future years.

“That’s why we are fundraising, and also why we have chosen an activity in which Flora can take an equal part.”

The ‘Fifty Miles More’ challenge for Henshaws, which runs both a specialist college in Harrogate and the Arts and Crafts Centre in Knaresborough, has seen a monumental fundraising effort from both students and staff.

Five members of staff at the College, Billy Hunter, Laura Hartley, Sara Norton, Joanna Currie and Liz Womack, are also taking part.

Gayle Waring from Berwins Solicitors, who are supporting the challenge, said:

“I learnt about the fantastic work of Henshaws through my role at Berwins Solicitors, who I’m pleased to say chose Henshaws as their official charity of the year in 2020 and are continuing to support throughout 2021. A great challenge for a great cause.”

Anyone who is inspired to join the Fifty Miles More challenge or set up their own fundraiser can visit http://facebook.com/fund/Henshaws. Henshaws will be repeating its successful Henshaws Hundreds challenge this June. For more details see www.henshawshundreds.org.uk

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