May 8, 2017
Bryony Belworthy is an inspirational and highly popular teacher at Dawlish Community College where she teaches Fashion and Textiles. She recently completed her second ever London Marathon to raise funds for charity. A strong supporter of THF, Bryony ran this year’s marathon to support both The HelenFoundation and Hospice UK.
2005 was a terrible year for Bryony. She lost her mum to cancer and within two months heard that Helen Kirk, the inspiration behind The Helen Foundation, had died following a road accident at Christmas. The hospice at Drydon Road, Exeter looked after her mum and the family during the last few weeks of her life and Bryony wanted to support the hospice movement again this year. Bryony is also a great believer in the power of the arts in young people’s lives and has herself run impressive THF-funded textiles design projects at Dawlish, so both charities are benefiting from her fundraising. If you wish to donate to Bryony’s efforts, please look for Bryony Belworthy on Virgin Money Giving.
“This was a really tough run with the weather being so warm but I made it and was delighted by my time of 4hrs 39 minutes, nearly an hour less than my first run in 2015, ” says Bryony. “I was kept going by all the support of the crowds, liberal helpings of water – and jelly babies offered by members of the packed crowds. I loved every minute of it and would do it again, given the chance.”
Helen Foundation chairman Roger Kirk says, “We were absolutely thrilled and honoured when we heard that Bryony was willing to run for both Hospice UK and The Helen Foundation. She is the very first person in the 12 years of THF to run for the charity in The London Marathon. As a special token to mark the occasion, we presented Bryony with a Helen Foundation Award, normally given to student award-winners rather than teachers!