Sterling connects charity member with new supporter!


A fun and productive 121 between Sterling member Melanie Denning from the Royal National College for the Blind and Barbara Goodway, the South West Business Development Manager at Croner has led Barbara to commit to taking up a tough new challenge to raise funds for the charity.

Barbara will embark on one of the UK’s toughest mountain fell races when she takes her place at the starting line in the Welsh market town of Dolgellau, on Saturday 21 May 2021. The notorious Cadair Idris Mountain Half Marathon, known in Welsh as Ras-y-Gadar, is a tough route to glory. Barbara will have to make her way to the mountain summit almost 3,000 feet above sea level and back again, on ever changing terrain.

She is taking on the challenge to raise funds for RNC, after chatting with Fundraising Manager Melanie Denning at a business event organised by Sterling Networks ‘I love challenging myself and pushing myself to the limits and I love supporting those in need,’ she says.

Barbara’s support couldn’t have come at a more significant time for the charity – a unique national asset, being England’s only specialist post-16 provider for young people who are visually impaired or blind. The financial impact of the pandemic on RNC’s work stand at £500,000 and counting, with extra funds needed for extra staffing, cleaning and PPE and to ensure students had the necessary accessible technology, IT equipment and software when learning remotely including periods of home study. Supporting student wellbeing and avoiding disruption to studies has been paramount throughout the various lockdowns.
Barbara is certainly undertaking a tough challenge but her training is going well and, hopefully, the incredible views of Cregennen Lakes, the Mawddach Estuary and Barmouth Bridge will be a welcome distraction on the day!

Please spur Barbara on by donating via her Just Giving page