2020 & 2021 have been tough years for many charities, and whilst the expedition is not a sponsored event a number of the team are using the expedition to raise awareness for a couple of serious illnesses and the charities that are working so hard to battle them.
Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer. Through shifting the science over the next 10 years to focus on radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and support, they aim to stop prostate cancer being a killer.
Alzheimer’s Society is transforming the landscape of dementia forever. Until the day we find a cure, we will create a society where those affected by dementia are supported and accepted, able to live in their community without fear or prejudice.
Chestnut Tree House is a children’s charity providing hospice care and community support for children and young people with life-shortening conditions. Your help enables families to spend time together. Precious moments that give a lifetime of memories.
The Charity has three main objectives: We aim to help children with registered Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities to develop and become the best they can in their lives. To give the families some respite time so that they can focus on activities that are very difficult normally. To employ and train Play Assistants aged from 16 years and upwards in paediatric care and development.
At ASNP we currently run 20 play scheme sessions per year for children from Adur who are aged 5-15 and have SEN needs. We offer 1:1 care for up to 20 children in each session, which are designed to grow children’s self-confidence, sense of self-esteem, and communication skills.
Homelessness in Lewes – “Surely there isn’t a homeless problem in Lewes?” That’s the response we often hear when we talk to people about our charity work. Sadly, there is. And it’s not confined to the rough sleepers you see outside Boots or in the shop doorways on the High Street. There are many hidden homeless and vulnerable people staying in temporary housing, squats, or ‘sofa surfing’.
Lewes Open Door offers a safe space where someone can have a healthy meal (or a chocolate biscuit if they prefer!) a cup of tea and find a friendly non-judgemental face and a listening ear.
They provide homeless people in Lewes with nourishing meals, clean clothes, bedding and a place to wash. They also give support with housing and benefits queries, and can direct people to the right agencies to help address their specific needs.
Azadi Kenya is a survivor-led, counter-trafficking NGO that focuses on the provision of long-term support for survivors of trafficking who, too often, find a lack of community support and understanding when reintegrating into society ensuing their experience with trafficking.
Tony knows Azadi well and has worked a lot with their Founder in Kenya. He tells us “What makes them particularly unique is they are survivor-led and provide long-term support for survivors of human trafficking.”
Unfortunately, because of the global pandemic and the forced change in dates, three of our original party have had to drop out. These places are being snapped up fast but if you are interested please get in touch (one or two may have already gone whilst I’ve been typing this!)