Dorter: Amira Helps Raise £3.8M for Children in Need


Dorter House’s Amira Davidson recently returned to Bede’s after taking part in the BBC One Show’s ‘Rickshaw Challenge’ in aid of Children In Need.

Amira was part of a team of 6 young people who cycled from Lands’ End in Cornwall to the East End of London, covering 476 miles in seven days.

Battling through what was a rough week of weather, Amira rose to the challenge and did brilliantly, with much of the Bede’s community gripped to the TV for each evenings’ progress update.


As part of the week-long event, Amira – who attends the Legat School of Dance – also spoke to a TV audience of millions on one of the UK’s biggest shows, Strictly Come Dancing, conquering her fears and delivering a very moving and personal speech.

To contribute in whatever ways they could, the Dorter girls showed their support when the Rickshaw team passed through Brighton, dressing as Pudsey Bears and carrying banners and buckets ready to collect donations.  


Back in Upper Dicker, staff, students and parents from across the Bede’s community also banded together to raise funds throughout the week, with Camberlot House hosting a Tuck Shop and Hot Dog Challenge, Crossways a Cookie sale, and a visiting Pudsey bear visited Bede’s and sold tickets for a raffle organised by the School Shop on the Friday.

The sense of action and community spirit around the campus saw over £7,500 raised at Bede’s Senior School alone, although that pales into insignificance compared to the £3,800,000 raised by the Rickshaw Challenge team as a whole!


Amira’s Housemaster, Mr Leggett, said of her achievements, “I think I speak for Dorter House and Bede’s as a whole when I say that we are exceptionally proud Amira for what she achieved throughout the week.”

The BBC Rickshaw Challenge and Children in Need team added, “Right from the start of the selection process Amira has shown a wonderful ability to make all team members feel included and special. In addition to this she’s shown a real inner strength.

“On a physical level too, Amira was something of a machine – few who watched her four mile climb up Cheddar Gorge could believe how easy she made this exhausting task look!”


Having now settled back into life at Bede’s, Amira is throwing her energies back into her Sixth Form studies. What is still evident however is that Amira will remember this experience for a very long time.


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