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Former Captain of School Will Morgan from Denstone is currently fundraising £3,000 (at the very minimum) through challenging himself to at least one physically and mentally demanding task per month. This is as a precursor to a stint in Bangladesh with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), an organisation which believes that individuals can make a real difference in combating poverty in developing communities. Aid funding can go so far, but individual effort can significantly amplify the effect of charitable donations. In sympathy with Third World conditions, which VSO seeks to improve, Will is immersing himself in conditions that will test his grit and determination: hypothermia, quagmires, bleak landscapes, carrying heavy loads, for mile after mile on end.

Will’s programme of events for 2017 include climbing Mount Snowdon, the Tough Guy Anniversary Obstacle Run, the Midlands 30;30 Military Challenge (which involves running 30 miles carrying a 30 pound weight), the Spartan Race Sprint Obstacle Run and the Rat Race “Full Mucker” 20 mile obstacle run before he leaves for Bangladesh in May.

Will said, “We benefit from a strong educational system, from a high quality health service and we enjoy the personal freedoms and security that many in this world can only dream of. The only real determining factor in leading fulfilling lives is our own individual effort, and whether we will decide to grab those opportunities that are available to us or not. I want to develop a level of mental and physical grit and determination that many in the developing world have in abundance. This year, I have set myself various challenges in the hopes of achieving those goals”.

Anyone who would like to support Will can do so by visiting his Just Giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/WTGGT