On 28 May, local Reading resident, Jamie King-Fretts, finished the arduous London 2 Brighton Challenge. Over the course of 27 hours Jamie walked 60+ miles of off-road paths and uphill trails to raise funds for Smile Train.
Jamie said that he felt compelled to raise funds for children living with untreated clefts because his own son, Monty, was born with a cleft in 2008. “Luckily children in the UK, like Monty, receive treatment through the NHS and are free from the stigma that an untreated cleft can bring,” he said.
Hannah Weston, Smile Train UK, Manager, Community and Events Fundraising, comments, “We are thrilled that Jamie chose to take on this epic challenge on behalf of Smile Train, and thank him immensely for his heroic efforts. As little as £150 can completely transform a child's life by paying for cleft repair surgery — Jamie's contribution will go an incredibly long way!”
Amazingly, only a few weeks after his feet had recovered from the London 2 Brighton Challenge, Jamie signed up to fundraise for another 60+ mile race. “So after thinking hard, I have decided to walk the Thames Path Challenge. Not an easy decision, as I was battered and blistered after the last one, but it is a small price to pay for changing some little people’s lives forever — so here we go again!”
Click here to learn more about Jamie’s efforts for Smile Train or donate to his next walk.