IT WAS a case of best foot forward when the director of a Penzance children’s project joined the start of a walk in aid of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
Trelya has become a national leader in ground breaking work with children after director Sam Fitzpatrick was given a fellowship from the foundation to research new approaches overseas.
She travelled to a number of different countries in Asia, South and North America as a Winston Churchill Fellow before returning to the UK to establish a new arm at the highly regarded kids project based in Taroveor Road.
Trelya is now working in association with a nationwide US project Friends of the Children to replicate a model that aims to help under-privileged children achieve in life.
So when a couple who are raising awareness for the Trust – which now calls its grants Travelling Fellowhips – got in touch saying they walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats, Sam had to lend a hand – or rather a pair of feet.
David and Pru Jeffrey are walking are walking the 800 plus miles, funding their own food and accommodation, after David retired as a doctor.
Arguably the UK's most inspiring Prime Minister, Churchill travelled widely before and during his naval career before becoming a politician.
He believed travel broadened the mind travellers gained valuable insight from their expeditions.
David Jefffrey was a recipient of one of the prestigious Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowships himself in 2006.
He said: “This trip is entirely self-funded, it’s our retirement present to each other.
“We are doing it because not enough people know about the fellowships and that they can apply to them.
“It was lovely to see Sam and to have a smiling face help us get the walk started.”
Sam’s travels took her to Brazil and Chile as well as Boston and New York in the USA in 2010 as she learned more about different approaches to interventions into the lives of difficult children.
She said: “The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust help people achieve significant things for their country.
“The fellowship was a such a an amazing opportunity – and I am so thrilled at the difference Trelya has been able to make to children’s lives as a result of the fellowship, I would urge others to consider becoming fellows themselves .”