Ben Smith wins fundraiser of the year award at #prideofbritain
November 1st, 2016: Ben Smith was awarded the fundraiser of the year award last night at the Pride of Britain awards. He competed in 401 marathons throughout the UK in 401 days to raise funds for two charities that work to end bullying and discrimination: Stonewall and and Kidscape. He raised in total over 300,000 pounds!
Stonewall, named after the New York riots of 1969, campaigns for equality of gay, lesbians, bisexuals and trans across Britain. Read more about Stonewall here. Kidscape, founded in 1985, works to provide kids with the knowledge and the tools to challenge and counteract bullying in all forms. The charity works also with parents and schools to help them guide children in gaining the self confidence and the tools needed to stand against bullying.
Ben’s achievements are nothing short of phenomenal: he ran over 10,500 miles, which is the equivalent of the distance from London to Sydney, burned more than 2.7 million kilocalories and worn out 24 pairs of trainers. In his races he ran along side 9,800 other runners in total! As part of his challenge, Ben also visited more than 100 schools to talk about bullying. If you want to learn more about Ben’s 401 challenge, visit Ben’s website. Follow Ben on his Twitter account: @the401challenge