Royal Parks 2017

The Royal Parks Half Marathon 2017 was a huge success and a fantastic day for Team ReachOut; the sun was shining, the birds were chirping and the Morris Men were dancing! 20 fantastic runners represented ReachOut including ex-mentee and current ambassador Emmanuel, Joanne from our corporate partner Macquarie Bank, and 11 of the World Famous Hammersmith Morris Men who danced the entire 13.1 mile course!

Members of the ReachOut team were stationed at the 7 mile mark to cheer on the runners – Fundraising Officer, Matt Harper, sang and chanted down a megaphone to keep spirits high and even gave out “free” high fives to every runner he saw!

All our runners did an amazing job, raising over £6,000 between them, and they definitely did us proud on the day. Huge thanks to them all!

If you’d like to run for ReachOut we have early bird spaces available for the Hackney Half Marathon in May 2018 where we’re a local partner, or you can look at our events page to get involved with other events.

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“At first, I was really hesitant to take on the Project Leader role, despite having mentored with ReachOut. However, with the support of the team I’ve really developed my skills. For example, at the Mentee Graduation, I stood up in front of 200 people and presented an award which is something I would never ever have been able to have done before, and isn’t an opportunity I could gain in my other situations.”

Amy McCutcheon, Project Leader at ReachOut Academy, Dean Trust Ardwick, Manchester.


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Victor Adekunle, 18 years old, ReachOut Ambassador, London


“When I first my mentee, she was very reluctant to participate in the sessions. Now, I see a completely different person! Her confidence has grown and she is happy to join in! She still has some self-doubt when it comes to academic work, but that’s what I hope to help her overcome, because she is a very bright person!

Through mentoring, I’ve learnt I’m a lot more patient than I realised. There will be days where she refuses to participate and those are the days that I really see the importance of the character strengths, for both the mentees and the mentors. It also makes it easier for the mentee to understand the character strengths, when I use them myself”

Myrtle, ReachOut Club mentor at Tufnell Primary School, London


“There are more distractions than ever outside of school, and the commitment of our students to attend ReachOut sessions is testament to the value they place on the relationships they foster there, and the challenge and enjoyment they provide.

ReachOut’s focus on communication skills and character development has become an important aspect of our provision of support for these students. The opportunity to relate to a positive role- model other than their usual teachers is key to the programme’s impact, and the evidence of this has been seen in the students’ attendance, resilience and to their overall progress across all the subjects in the school.”

Thomas Janvrin, Assistant Vice Principal at the Petchey Academy London