An inspirational family…

I would like to start this Blog post by saying a huge THANK YOU to everyone that supports Children of the Andes’ work with vulnerable children in Colombia. With your help, we are able to reach out to thousands of children every year, with education, opportunities and care.

Last week we had a visit from Helen and Jayne Brayley, whose family have generously supported COTA’s work in memory of their brother Phil, who passed away in 2006, when he was 25. Since Helen and the Brayley family started supporting COTA, they have raised over £5000. We have been overwhelmed the generosity of Phil’s friends and family, and by the family’s strength and fundraising triumphs. I am delighted to share Helen’s story with you all:

Helping working children receive an education

“Getting involved with Children of the Andes has been one of the best things we have done as a family. When my brother died we asked family and friends to donate money to COTA, and they used this money to support a project providing education to working children. Phil always has a love of travelling and learning about new cultures…and of all the stories we heard there was one that stuck out. He told us about a child he met in Colombia who worked on the streets selling wigs: he was so touched by this child that he bought all the wigs to give to his friends.

This year my brother should have turned 30 and to celebrate, the whole family are getting involved by completing three charity runs each, ranging from 10Ks to half marathons. I can’t think of better motivation to get out there and try something new: we benefit from being healthier and COTA is able to continue their fantastic work with the money we raise. Nothing takes away the pain of losing a loved one but knowing you are helping others keeps their memory alive”.

"All smiles until we saw the hill"

Helen and Jayne are running three half marathons (one down, two to go!) and their mum, Janet, is running three 10ks. They have also managed to persuade a friend to run in Phil’s memory too. If, like us, you have been this family’s story and would like to sponsor them with their great running challenges this summer you can do so here.

If you are inspired by their story and want to do something similar there are loads of ways you can fundraise for us. Check out our fundraising pack and starting bringing in the money!Or join us for our Thames Walk  this may bank holiday. Please use our Virgin Money Giving page to collect your sponsorship.

The COTA team would like to express our deepest thanks to the Brayleys and everyone that has supported our work in memory of a loved one. We have been truly moved by your generosity and actions. We would also like to extend our thanks to all of our events and community fundraisers, who run marathons, go speed dating, climb mountains, and sky dive to raise vital funds for our work in Colombia. We couldn’t do it without you.

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