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Alumni Take on Challenges for Charity 

Pelargos foundationsA group of 24 Old Stamfordians founded the Pelargos Foundation in 2014, and are now dedicated to raising funds for worthy causes each year, both encouraging awareness and keeping their ties of friendship.

Pelargos is a charitable foundation that takes on challenges each year to raise money for different causes. The group is made up entirely of alumni from Stamford School, with most members being ’06 leavers.

In 2014, the group raised over £8,000 for WaterAid and Parkinson’s UK, by tackling the six largest peaks in Scotland in one go, with 22 hours of constant walking. The team covered a distance of 30 miles, and climbed a total of just over 12,250ft. A key aspect of their work is that they take no fee and subsidise the cost of running the charity themselves.

This year the Pelargos Foundation are taking on an extreme cycle for GiveDirectly and the British Liver Trust. The event will take place in Stamford and collectively they will cycle non-stop for 2,000 miles, over a 40 hour period.

William McMillan, a trustee of the Foundation, said “First and foremost we are a group of 24 very close friends, friendships that all started at Stamford School back in 1999 and have lasted to this very day.

In early 2014, a couple of members suggested that as we all meet up frequently, we should try and give something back to society by supporting a number of good causes that we feel passionate about.

The Pelargos Foundation was this idea coming to life. Our simple aim is to make a positive impact, be that by hosting events, donating our time or putting ourselves through gruelling challenges to raise money! We select two charities each year to support, in 2015 these are The British Liver Trust and GiveDirectly, two very worthy causes. We fund the cost of running the charity and events ourselves, therefore 100% of the donations reach the two charities supported.”

To keep up to date with The Pelargos Foundation you can find them on Facebook, or on twitter @PelargosF.