Compassion Challenges -Jessica Lester

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Jessica Lester

Challenge Date:

27th June 2019

My Challenge:

The Marathon in Rwanda!




Sponsored Target:

Online Total: £1,455.00

Offline Total: £0.00

Gift Aid: £341.25

A 20-year-old journalist for a national newspaper, I'm a lover of all things outdoors, especially walking my dog Buddy. Though I've never been particularly exercise savvy, I'm learning to love running for Compassion.

At 20 years old, I couldn't think of a better time to complete my first marathon. And where else than across the beautiful landscapes of Rwanda.

Last year, I was blessed to be asked to travel to Kenya on a Muskathlon as a journalist working with Compassion. I ran over 13 miles across the Rift Valley, and it was one of the best things I've ever done. This year I'm not here to work though, I'm here to give it my all.

In Kenya I got to see the difference not only donations like these make, but sponsorship has on the lives of hundreds of young people. I was so touched by everything I saw, the moment I landed at Heathrow I decided to sponsor my own child. I now have an added incentive to go to Rwanda - to meet Solange.

The money raised this year will go towards Child Survival Homes, which takes mothers and their young children out of poverty and gives them a home to live in - decreasing the risks of premature deaths in children. This year, the project is looking for a total of £90,000 - an easily achievable amount with the help of generous donations!

Look out for some events run by me coming up in the not too far future - including a Quiz night and a presentation evening. Contact me for more information about both!


Donation of £20.00 by Robert Downes

Great Charity, well done Jess.

Donation of £20.00 by Shazia Iqbal

Donation of £40.00 by Jill & paige

Well done gorgeous Jess xxx Amazing cause...โค๏ธ

Donation of £20.00 by Any Hawking

Well done Jess!! ๐Ÿ’ช

Donation of £10.00 by Laurence Brooks

Donation of £25.00 by Julie and Stephen

Thoughts and prayers with you tomorrow.

Donation of £50.00 by Jim and Amanda

So proud of you and your commitment to this amazing charity. You can do anything you set your mind and heart to. Luv ya! XX

Donation of £10.00 by Josie

Good luck Jess! xxx

Donation of £20.00 by Hannah Jones

Wishing you all the best Jess! Run well. x

Donation of £5.00 by Murika

Go you!! Amazing girl xx

Donation of £5.00 by Chris Pollard

Good luck Jess

Donation of £10.00 by Anonymous

Stay on them Jess x

Donation of £20.00 by Ellie belly.

You are so amazing and you have already smashed it. Good luck. I love you so much! Xxxxx

Donation of £25.00 by Anonymous

What you're doing is absolutely awesome!!! Run well! We'll be praying for you. Ben & Maria

Donation of £5.00 by Anonymous

Amazing effort for a great cause, good luck!

Donation of £10.00 by Rachel

Good luck Jess ๐Ÿ˜Š

Donation of £10.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £5.00 by Josh Richards

Go for it Jess! May God bless you and equip you to do good works!

Donation of £10.00 by Grace Styles

Good Luck Jess !

Donation of £20.00 by Maebh Fox

So inspirational Jess, enjoy your adventure...

Donation of £25.00 by Shahlaa Walsh

Go Jess!!

Donation of £20.00 by Joel

Donation of £250.00 by Anonymous

Very, very proud of you Jess - go and smash it! Xx

Donation of £5.00 by Lucy

Good luck you little star!!! xxx

Donation of £5.00 by Katie

Donation of £20.00 by Julia Richardson

It's making me feel tired just thinking about it. Best of luck Jess!

Donation of £20.00 by Thea

Go smash it!

Donation of £15.00 by The Leveneโ€™s

Good Luck Jess x

Donation of £15.00 by Kerry Keizner

Well done Jess and best of luck! Xx

Donation of £20.00 by Faye Snowden

Very well done Jess! An amazing cause x

Donation of £10.00 by Rachel Perkins

Good Luck Jess!

Donation of £20.00 by Tai

Good luck Jess x

Donation of £10.00 by Anonymous

Good luck Jess. Such an amazing cause. Lots of love fran

Donation of £20.00 by Gill muggleton

Donation of £20.00 by Mim Heyes

God do it Jess! Amazing cause xx

Donation of £30.00 by Anonymous

Iโ€™m with you every step of the way a great charitable cause Jess no rush take your time๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

Donation of £15.00 by Charmaine

Good luck lovely xx

Donation of £25.00 by Lisa Camilleri

Good luck Jess xx

Donation of £20.00 by Anonymous

Run like the wind!

Donation of £10.00 by Anne Bate-Williams

Will be thinking of you and willing you on....X

Donation of £15.00 by Dee

Donation of £100.00 by Auntie Claire and Uncle Richard

Donation of £50.00 by Paul

Donation of £20.00 by Kathleen Kearns

Jess this sounds like a real challenge but I know with your determination you will do it. It's an amazing cause and thinking of these poor families will keep you going. Lots of love Kathy xx

Donation of £100.00 by Sara (proud mum!)

So proud of you Jess xxx

Donation of £50.00 by Elizabeth Anne Rason

Donation of £50.00 by Alanna Thompson

May the Lord be with you in your training and preparation. Run fast and safe Jess. โค๏ธ

Donation of £100.00 by Martin and Paula

Respect for doing this amazing challenge for a very worthy cause. Praying for you and sending best wishes as you complete it.

Donation of £50.00 by Anonymous

Go Jess go!!!!

Donation of £5.00 by Danielle