Challenge 57

Megan Jackson
July 15, 2022

Join the Shannon Trust team in completing 57 miles your way throughout August - that’s just under 2 miles per day - to raise vital funds to support the 57% of people in prison who struggle to read. 


Run, walk, swim, jog, cycle; whatever you prefer, complete 57 miles and ask people to sponsor you.


Whether it’s on your own, with a group of friends, or as a family; Challenge 57 is the perfect opportunity to get active, embrace nature and enjoy the summer sunshine (hopefully, anyway), all while raising vital funds to support disadvantaged people to learn to read.


Will you take on the challenge? Sign up today by sending us an email – we’ll even send you a free running t-shirt.


Why your support matters


It is estimated that 57% of people entering prison either struggle to, or cannot, read. We support thousands of people in prison to learn to read every year, but we need your help to reach even more.


For Amir, learning to read changed his life:


“I have a choice again. I don’t have to just accept what is given to me. I am now able to communicate with my family through letters. It’s made a big difference.


“I didn’t think I could do it but I have. I’m proud of myself.


“It wasn’t easy to start from the beginning and learn to read but I pushed myself to do the work. I knew I had to do this, to get better opportunities in life. It makes me feel good about myself and has given me confidence.”


Join Challenge 57 to support more people like Amir.


The benefits of taking on Challenge 57


  • Feel part of a community by joining our Challenge 57 Facebook group. Find support and motivation throughout the month to help you stick to your goals.
  • It’s free to take part and you’ll receive a free running t-shirt.
  • Regular physical activity can help boost mental wellbeing.
  • Customise the challenge to suit you. If you don’t think you will be able to reach 57 miles, maybe try doing 57 minutes of exercise each day – walking, yoga, dancing. A member of the Shannon Trust team is even doing 57 lengths of the swimming pool each week throughout the month.
  • The challenge can be completed on your own or as part of a team.
  • It’s suitable for all ages. If you’re looking for something to do over the summer holidays, Challenge 57 is perfect for the whole family. You can even choose a different activity each day to make it manageable for children.
  • All the money you raise will help more people in prison to learn to read and make a positive difference to their lives.

Sign up today!

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