Summer Expedition: ELT Mission to Boris – July 2021

June 18th 2021

Over 11 days the UKLC Team is walking or cycling over 500 miles / 800 kms between their summer centres to highlight, in a positive way, the situation for the ELT industry in the UK and to raise some money for a great cause. 

Since the start of the pandemic we, like so many others in our industry, have not been able to host any students. With travel restrictions and quarantine in place, there are just too many obstacles for young people and their parents to overcome in order for students to enjoy our courses.

So, in the midst of such a difficult moment for our sector, we wanted to do something positive to highlight the situation and raise some money for a great cause.

From Thursday 8th to Monday 19th of July (the newly announced “Freedom Day”) we will undertake a 500 mile/800km expedition to visit all UKLC’s 10 summer schools that would normally be operational during this period.

We will be using sustainable travel, which means our legs! We will walk, cycle (or even paddle board!) between the various cities that span from York to London (Downing Street to be exact) via Manchester Chester, Nantwich, Bristol, Reading and Chichester on the south coast. The exact route is:

8th July – Cycle (80 miles) – York St Peter’s School > Bootham School > Manchester Chetham’s School of Music 

9th July – Cycle (40 miles) – Manchester Chetham’s School of Music > Chester University of Chester  

10th July – Walk (22 miles) – Chester University of Chester  > Nantwich Reaseheath College – walk – 

11th – 13th July – Cycle (145 miles) – Nantwich Reaseheath College > Bristol Badminton School – by bike

14th – 15th July – Cycle (100 miles) – Bristol Badminton School > Reading Queen Anne’s School – by bike

16th – 18th July – Cycle and Walk (55 miles) – Reading – Queen Anne’s School > Chichester University of Chichester – walking

19th July – Cycle (75 miles) – Chichester University of Chichester  > London King’s College London > Queen Mary University London – by bike

College Green, Westminster!

We are aiming to raise awareness of the plight of the industry as a whole, the huge gap left by not welcoming foreign visitors to the UK and to raise some money for the English UK Eddie Byers Fund.

The Eddie Byers Fund was created to transform lives through learning. It was created in memory the late chief executive of English UK, who was passionate about the transformative power of education, to help aspiring students study English for better employment, education and community life. It funds projects in the UK and abroad, including teacher training in Tanzania to help young pupils access high school where lessons are taught in English, and English teaching in Palestine. For more information on the incredible work they do, visit their webpage here.

We would very much like your support and so we are asking you for a sponsorship donation.

We will keep you updated on our progress via ouFacebook, Instagram and LinkedIn pages.

At UKLC we want to do something positive at a challenging time for our students, friends, partners and suppliers. It is a long way to go, there are not that many of us and we are carrying our lockdown pounds with us! So wish us luck! We are asking everyone impacted by this to support us by making a donation. We hope we can count on you!“ 

Céline Aloé – Managing Director

The UKLC team