There are just days to go before the Virgin STRIVE Challenge begins and the whole team is getting very excited – and a little bit nervous!

The epic journey from London to the Matterhorn starts with a marathon from the O2 Arena to Gravesend on August 7th. The core team of 10 people will be striving to reach the summit of the Matterhorn entirely under their own steam, with marathons, rowing, cycling, hiking and climbing all to come on a route of more than 1,000km.

My brother Sam, cousin Noah and the team have been training and fundraising hard, and having a lot of fun along the way. As well as an adventure of a lifetime, the Virgin STRIVE Challenge is aiming to raise £750,000 to support young people in the UK to develop the life skills they need to reach their potential. 

Life skills is this year’s main focus for Big Change, and it is great to see the money raised by the Virgin STRIVE Challenge going towards such important and innovative projects to help young people thrive in life.

As one of Big Change’s Trustees, some of you have been asking why I’m now not taking part in the Virgin STRIVE Challenge myself. 

Well, Freddie and I are delighted to share the happy news that we are expecting twins! 

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After telling our families and all of the Virgin family too, we thought it was time to let everyone know - plus I don’t want anybody thinking I wasn’t up for the challenge of doing STRIVE!!!

Thanks to everybody for their well-wishes and support so far.

Now let’s all turn our attention to supporting the Virgin STRIVE Challenge - go strivers, go!