Bristol school pupil takes on fundraising walk to school

A primary school pupil from rural Bristol is embarking on a week-long walk to school challenge in aid of African Promise and our partner schools.

Eleven-year-old Freya Hyslop will be covering the 9km between her home outside Bristol and Kingswood School in Bath on foot each morning and afternoon for a whole week accompanied every step of the way by her mother Sarah.

Freya was inspired to take on the challenge after finding out about African Promise and learning about the struggles that children in rural Kenya face to attend school.

“I discovered that many children in rural Kenya have to walk over 10km to-and-from school. It also shocked me that when they get there, they often don’t have access to food, water or even a seat to sit on. It helped me to recognise how lucky I am. In solidarity with the many children who don’t have the luxury of choice, I am going to take on the long walk to and from my own school every day, rain or shine, for one week in March.”

Over the last couple of months Freya has been route planning and training hard for the walk, which will take approximately two hours each way and require her to get up at 5am in order to eat, pack up and leave the house on time to arrive at school by 8am.

With the help of her mum, Freya has already raised nearly £1,500 for African Promise from family and friends including by baking sweet treats for neighbours but she doesn’t expect her fundraising to stop after the walk.

“I hope to keep raising money for this worthy cause over the spring and summer! African Promise is trying to do something to make sure children in Kenya have access to a safe, happy and comfortable school and I want to help them!”

You can show your support for Freya’s incredible efforts by making a donation to her fundraising page at or directly to the charity at


Freya and her mum Sarah

Freya walking in the hills near her home