COAST to COAST Cycle Ride for IntoUniversity
3rd – 6th May 2019
Putting politics aside for a moment, most would agree that education is a key factor for the success of our country in the years ahead. For the least privileged families in both our cities and rural areas, education brings hope, achievement and a much better life – critical priorities for our society and nation. So with great enthusiasm and a bit of trepidation, Gregg and I have signed up for a bike ride across England to benefit IntoUniversity (IU), a charity which provides local learning centres in disadvantaged communities around the UK.
Highlighting the importance and impact of IU’s work over the past 15 years, the journey will start from the charity’s centre at Weston-super-Mare in the west and conclude at their site in Clacton-on-Sea in the east. The route takes us from the sandy beaches of Somerset across the rolling countryside of Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire before reaching the Saxon shores of Essex for a celebration at our Clacton centre. The coast-to-coast trek spans a daunting 270 miles over three and a half days but combining the energy of this worthwhile cause, your support and IU’s determination, we know we can do it!!
Gregg and I have been supporters of IntoUniversity and its award-winning programmes almost since its inception in 2003. As a Trustee of IU, I wanted us to take on this challenge for which your support would be greatly appreciated.
Sarah Havens and Gregg Sando
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IntoUniversity provides local learning centres in disadvantaged communities around the UK, supporting young people from the least privileged families to gain a university place or another chosen aspiration. IntoUniversity currently operates 30 centres or equivalents in twelve locations in England, with plans to launch further centres over the coming years. We run an innovative and long-term programme of after school academic support, tailored educational/training days for primary and secondary school students, individual mentoring by university students and corporate employees, university application guidance and assistance with critical work experience. In the 2017-18 academic year, IntoUniversity supported over 35,600 children and young people across its network of centres.
IntoUniversity is a growing education charity with a strong track record of working with schools, universities and corporate partners to inspire young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their potential. Young people from the UK’s most disadvantaged postcodes (zip codes) are four times less likely to go to university than those in more advantaged areas. This makes it harder for these young people to succeed in a competitive job market. The long-term effects can be felt across society, as communities with low education and employment prospects become increasingly marginalised. By raising aspirations, we aim to tackle this issue, giving our students a better chance at a brighter future.