Sixth former, Will Dunning, is looking forward to being part of the Derby Grammar School Tanzania 2020 project which takes place in July. He’s busy raising funds to cover the cost of his trip and on Saturday 14 September will be leaving York for a two-day, 150 mile sponsored bike ride back to Derby.

Will, aged 16 from Belper, has been a pupil at Derby Grammar School since Year 7, and throughout this time has been looking forward to reaching Year 12 and taking part in the 10-year project with Gedeli B School in Mwanza, Tanzania. Since the project started in 2013 over £90,000 has been raised which has helped build new classrooms, provide running water and electricity and install toilet blocks, As a result, classes of 250 pupils are a thing of the past, illness has reduced and attendance has increased.

The Year 12 pupils visit Gedeli B School each July, spending two weeks working on projects and teaching the children, before finishing the trip either by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or going on safari. The cost for each pupil to take part in the trip is around £4000, and each pupil is encouraged to fundraise to raise as much of this as possible.

Will started fundraising back in June when he sold elderflower cordial at the school summer fete, raising £60. He’s also been helping friends and neighbours with jobs, but his big fundraising project is the bike ride.

A keen cyclist, Will decided to combine this with fundraising and will travel to York with his dad by train to begin the epic cycle from York train station. Following Sustrans routes, which means they avoid busy roads, the route covers 150 miles and includes an overnight stop at Penistone in the Peak District.

Will said: “We hope to finish before it gets dark on Sunday. 150 miles is quite daunting, but I’m determined to raise as much money as I can.

It’s important to me to fund my own trip and put the effort in to this so I don’t have to rely on my parents to pay for it.

Coincidently, the distance I am cycling is the same distance from Derby Grammar School to the Tanzanian Embassy in London.”

He added: “I’ve raised over £1000 in sponsorship so far, and have some pledges too. I can’t wait to go to Tanzania, I’ve been looking forward to it ever since I started school here.”

If you would like to sponsor Will’s bike ride, please get in touch with him at williamdunning@derbygrammar.co.uk

Derby Grammar School - Will Dunning
Will Dunning