Crossways Charity Week 2020
Eli Lopez, Crossways Deputy Housemistress

Earlier this term, Crossways held the first of our charity weeks this year. Usually, this would be the time when the Boarding House gets together to dance for 24 hours, however this time we decided to postpone this event due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Instead, the girls cycled a distance of more than three times around Sussex using our indoor exercise bikes, which were placed outside Mrs O'Hara's office. The girls cycled non stop from Tuesday to Thursday, and managed to raise over £1,500 through our JustGiving page. Those bicycles didn't stop a second - some girls managed to send emails while on the pedals, some were listening to music, some discussing what to eat for tea, unbelievable! Altogether, thanks to their communal efforts, they cycled the distance from Eastbourne to Cardiff, from Eastbourne to Paris and from Eastbourne to Berlin!

All funds raised went to M.E. Trust which is a small charity focused on providing and developing clinical services for people with ME/CFS. People who are severely affected can be bed bound and in severe pain for many years. This is a very close cause to our hearts as a Boarding House and we are delighted with the amount raised and our efforts.

In addition, we also raised part of the funds through cake bake sale to help the Sunflowers Supporting Sussex Charity, who help the most vulnerable people during the greatest health emergency in living memory. We know our effort can make a big difference and all the donations can change lives.

The Crossways team united would like to say a massive "thank you" to everybody who donated, and on behalf of Mrs O'Hara, Mrs Hopkins, myself and our wonderful Matrons Sally and Julia, we would like to add a "very well done" to our wonderful, kind and generous girls.

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