Ben Smith at QEH Prize Giving

Pupils at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital welcomed Ben Smith, of 401 Challenge fame, to present prizes at the school’s annual Prize Giving ceremony, held at Clifton Cathedral.

Ben shot to fame when he ran 401 marathons in 401 days all around the UK with the aim of raising £250,000 for two anti-bullying charities. The challenge was a huge success, raising over £330,000 and inspiring people to do things they never thought they could do and raising awareness of the harmful effects bullying can have on your confidence and self-esteem. The USA 2020 Challenge, recently launched by Ben, takes this even further and will see him run a marathon in each of the 50 US state capitals and then cycle between each one, aiming to raise £1million.

Having presented the prizes and congratulated students on their successes, Ben spoke to the school about his experiences growing up, including the bullying he was subjected to, and of overcoming adversity.

Stephen Holliday, Headmaster at QEH, says “Congratulations to all our students, present and past, for their many achievements throughout the year. We were delighted to welcome Ben Smith to present the prizes and I am sure everyone present was inspired by his address.”



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