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Rising and shining for charity

Sunrise Walkers smiling outside National Star reception

Scores of amazing fundraisers laced up their walking shoes and braved the early morning chill to join us for our second ever Sunrise Walk.

The 12–kilometre circular walk set off from Ullenwood, Cheltenham, at 6.15am. Our fundraisers, ranging from groups of colleagues from a number of local businesses to seasoned walkers, had plenty of opportunity to get to know each other as they soaked up the stunning views around the Cotswold Way.

For Bamboo Technology, this was the first time that they had signed up for a fundraising event in aid of National Star.

‘It was great to be part of the Sunrise Walk this year. The camaraderie between everyone taking part created a fantastic buzz!’ said Emily Giles, Marketing Manager at Bamboo Technology.

‘We’re really pleased we could raise some money for National Star and highlight the great work they do. Having the walk start and finish at the Ullenwood campus really brought home why we were all taking part!’

Photo collage of walkers smiling

Vanessa, Claire and Jude, who work at COOK Cheltenham, are not only work colleagues, but walking buddies too, with a passion for supporting our charity’s work with people with disabilities. Despite a bit of rain, they found the unique experience to be tough but rewarding.

‘What a fantastic experience! It was a lot wetter and muddier than we expected, but teamwork and laughter carried us along,’ said Claire Foote from COOK.

‘We may not have been fast, but we had a lot of fun, and we are so proud to have raised well over £1,000 for National Star.’

The event raised more than £10,000 for our charity, helping to transform the lives of young people with disabilities.

Missed out on our Sunrise Walk? Don’t worry, you can take on a walking challenge as part of our Go Far, Be a Star fundraising campaign.

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