DK continues charity walk tradition with support for The Black Curriculum

DK continues charity walk tradition with support for The Black Curriculum

More than 150 staff at DK took part in the publisher’s annual charity walk this year, raising money for The Black Curriculum, a social enterprise founded to address the lack of black British history in the UK National Curriculum.

The DK Walk is an annual fundraising event held in London, one which supports a charitable cause that aligns with the company’s values. As colleagues were unable to walk together as a company this year, they were encouraged to take a morning or afternoon of volunteer leave to walk for 5km in an area near to where they live.

One-hundred-and-sixty colleagues took part in the July-run initiative to collectively raise £1,900 for The Black Curriculum, by walking scenic routes around London, Scotland, Surrey, Sussex and France. 

Now that lockdown restrictions are easing, according to DK, some colleagues even took the opportunity to go on a socially distanced walk together, meeting up for the first time since DK began working from home in March.

Carsten Coesfeld, DK c.e.o., said: "We are delighted to have continued our tradition of our annual charity walk, despite working from home. Current world events remind us of the importance of education in history, and we have chosen The Black Curriculum to support the work they are doing to achieve a new National Curriculum that gives a fuller picture of black British history."

Lavinya Stennett, The Black Curriculum founder and c.e.o. said: "We at The Black Curriculum are really pleased to have the support of DK, who have done amazing [work] to further our cause in a way that is also unifying. The donations will go towards creating an initial consultation around pedagogy and content for our resource bank, as well as supporting bringing some of our staff in full-time."