The cousin of one of our young people is undertaking a massive running challenge to raise money to enrich the lives of the young people that live here at Prior's Court. 

Harry Smith, the cousin of one of our residential students, Alfie, is taking on 100 mile run to raise money for Prior's Court, with the funds raised to be used to provide additional facilities at our site.

In the challenge on Saturday, 10 June, Harry is starting his journey in Winchester, Hampshire, and finishing it in Eastbourne, Sussex, following the length of the South Downs Way. He intends to complete this feat within 24 hours. 

To put this huge distance into perspective, it is about the equivalent of running from Prior's Court to Cardiff. 

Harry said: "I have chosen to raise money for Prior's Court because I know how fantastic everyone there has been for Alfie and how much he has benefitted from being at Prior's Court."

I fell in love with running in around 2019 after running my first marathon and liked the idea of running longer distances. Having tackled the 50-mile distance a few times I had always wanted to do 100 miles and decided to sign up on a whim one day - if not now then when! Training is going okay. I recently ran a 50 mile race in the Yorkshire Dales which was tough but went well - although this has made me realise how far 100 miles is!

Harry Smith

You can donate to Harry's event through his JustGiving page 

Places at Prior’s Court are government funded, this covers the young people’s residential care and learning needs. What this doesn’t cover is specialist equipment such as a sensory swimming pool, fun days out like a trip to Alton Towers, tailored facilities such as our autism specific residential homes, an onsite countryside learning centre, a bakery to learn work skills and the opportunity to have to have extraordinary experiences. Prior’s Court is ambitious and strives to provide the best possible care, equipment, facilities and events, and we rely on incredible supporters like Harry to make these ambitions become a reality for young people.

This is what money raised by Harry and other fundraisers goes towards.

Inspired by Harry? Find out about challenge events you can do to support Prior's Court