What is resilience?

Resilience is about not giving up and persistently working hard to achieve your goals.

Also, it is about being able to cope with life’s knocks, getting through difficult times and knowing where to find support if needed.

What age group is this aimed at?

10-16 year olds.

How many children will benefit from the programme?

With the funding we should be able to support between 400 and 800 young people depending on whether or not the school can find match funding.

How long will the programme run for? Will it end when the funds are used up?

The funding should allow us to run this programme for the next three or four years. However, we are hoping that schools and pupils will become involved in fundraising to sustain it for longer.

Who is going to be at the launch event? Can anyone come along?

Pupils and staff from Kendal schools, friends and family of Matt’s. We welcome other supporters but there will be limited space, so anyone wishing to attend should contact us in the first instance.

What will the results of the programme be?

We would expect pupils to say they have:

  • increased their resilience and capacity to cope with challenges,
  • Increased their belief in their abilities
  • Increased their participation in healthy activity
  • Increased their awareness of choices
  • Increased their ability to set goals

And that this would lead to improved relationships, better attendance in school, better able to move successfully from school to further education, training and employment.

Can we expect an update on the impact of the legacy?

Yes, we will regularly update our website with stories and information about the programme and its impact.

Why did Matt choose Brathay to run for?

Matt’s dad, who died suddenly in 2016, introduced Matt to Brathay and to marathon running. Matt’s first marathon was a fundraiser for us. Matt and his dad saw the impact of our work.

What does eight one-day sessions off site mean?

It means spending one day per week out of school, somewhere in the community where the young people take part in positive activities. Young people who struggle in a school environment often flourish doing practical activities.

Can you tell me more about what the strands mean and how they help?

Giving young people choice is crucial in them gaining buy-in to the programme. If they get to choose activities that appeal to them, they are much more likely to take an active part, enjoy it and achieve good outcomes.