Come and cheer on the eight-strong team from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, who are running the Bristol Half this Sunday for Christian Aid. They're aiming to raise £500 each for our Harvest Appeal, which this year is focused on rural women impacted by climate change. The money raised will be match-funded a generous 4:1 by the EU. The team, brought together by and including our Wiltshire coordinator Katrine Musgrave (pictured fourth from left), are: St Joseph's headteacher Wendy D’Arcy fellow parents Kirstie Preece and local doctor Mike Armstrong Anna Herbert of Hobb’s Bakery Christian Aid supporters Rev Richard Curtis of Devizes retired civil engineer George Kennedy, from Swindon supply teacher John Harvey of Ashton Keynes How the fundraising challenge came together The playground of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary (Nympsfield, Glos.) was the birthplace of a fundraising challenge which comes to fruition on Sunday 23 September 2018. Katrine pulled the team together, looking for a new challenge after a milestone birthday: “I turned 40 this summer and I decided it was time to push myself. Both with a physical challenge, and also with doing the hard task of fundraising which I am always asking Christian Aid supporters to do! It seems fitting that we were training during England’s hottest summer on record, and everything we raise will go to empower women through giving them access to solar energy to help them lift themselves out of poverty. The projects in Burkina Faso, Malawi, Ethiopia and Honduras show what women can achieve when they stand together, and the solidarity in our team has been so important." About the training and team spirit, Katrine said: “We’ve all been training hard and keeping each other going – many of us met to do the Cirencester parkrun, and have pounded local routes as we have tried to build up our distance." She also added: “I suppose the moral of the story is: be careful what you wish for on your birthday, because it might just come true! Any support would be truly gratefully received because this feels way out of my comfort zone.” Katrine and the team look forward to seeing you there!