Rebecca Cohen

I'll be temporarily taking my heels off to run my first (and possibly last!) half Marathon with Team Cutty Sark to raise money for the Royal Museums Greenwich project.

The Cutty Sark provides bursaries for children from underprivileged backgrounds to take part in the Maritime Museum's Schools Programme. The schools programme uses characters from Cutty Sark’s history such as Captain Woodget, Nannie the Witch (the ship’s figurehead and character from Robert Burn’s Tam O’Shanter), Irish and Indian dockworkers and John Willis (the man who built the ship) to engage children with subjects spanning the curriculum. This includes history, art, literacy, drama, dance and music as well as subjects such as architecture, maths, science, technology and engineering.

Once I hit £140 of my target, this will enable 30 school children to access this.

When I hit the full target I hope to have raised enough for 3 bursaries – enabling over 90 school children from low income families to have the same educational experience as those who do not experience such disadvantage. Bursaries are offered to those from Greenwich, Lewisham, Bexley, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking and Dagenham.

If Team Cutty Sark can exceed the collective target (£3000) the Museum could extend this offer to other boroughs.

Wish me luck!!

Rebecca Cohen