To date over £23,000 raised for charity!!
My expeditions have been an excellent way to raise awareness and money for charity. I am currently fundraising for Coppafeel, a breast cancer set up by a young woman called Kris.
Having been misdiagnosed at the age of 23 Kris discovered she had breast cancer. Within weeks of her diagnosis Kris, with her twin sister set up Coppafeel, a charity that uses all of its money and time to heighten awareness of the symptoms of breast cancer to prevent other women being in the same boat as Kris.
Plant with Purpose
Works with 38 different communities in the regions surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro to create alternatives to deforestation, and share the tools needed to empower local people replenish the land and improve their lives. Working with a local staff of dedicated Tanzanian foresters and agronomists, Plant With Purpose also promotes the use of wood-saving stoves, soil conservation techniques and water conservation. So far over 2,000 families have begun improved vegetable gardens and together planted over 1,000,000 trees in farming and reforestation efforts. As a result of these efforts, forests are being preserved and restored and rural communities have hope for a better future for their children.
The One Foundation
Will be working to provide sustainable and community led water and sanitation programmes in Tanzania in 2013. We will work through local implementing partners to ensure that the most appropriate and lasting solutions are implemented in the communities most in need. As with all of our programmes, we ensure that every penny is spent in a transparent and accountable way, that has the greatest impact. ONE will also identify schools in the Kilimanjaro region that are in need of resources, skills and infrastructure and deliver upon these needs accordingly.
is a community development Charity working in close cooperation with Maji-Tech, a social enterprise it founded in 2002. Headquartered in Arusha, near the foot of Mt.Kilimanjaro, Maji-Tech specializes in safe water projects requiring deep Borehole drilling and the installation of water pumping, storage and delivery systems. “Maji” is the kiswahili word for ‘water’.
I also support three other charities that are close to my heart; Solea, Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development in Nepal and Tibet and Treetops Hospice. This is why…
(A very dear friend of mine had cancer. When she was diagnosed, without receiving treatment, she would have lasted only a few months. Due to incredible medical research she received treatment and lived another full nine years. Her strength and courage during that time fuelled my motivation both then and now to be strong and get on with things – even when they seem impossible. When you experience cancer in your life, personally or because someone close to you has it, you feel helpless and wish there was more you could do. Well there is! You can support the research and good work done by charities such as Solea. (The Solea registered office is 4 Les Hauts de Tovière A, 73320 Tignes. Lucy Miller is the president of the association.)
Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development in Nepal and Tibet
Having been lucky enough to travel to and explore both Nepal and Tibet I have seen the poverty in which people live and the poor healthcare and education that they have. These people don’t want our pity but they can benefit hugely from our help. We can help them to help themselves by providing healthcare, education and schools. I love the work that this charity does because I’ve been a part of the service treks and seen for myself that every penny donated goes to the cause.
Is a local hospice near to where I grew up. The hospice provides palliative care for adults with life-limiting illnesses such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease. They offer day care, homecare, complimentary therapy, carers support and bereavement support. My Mum became a volunteer here which is how I became aware of the charity’s incredible work. I have been deeply moved by the stories that Mum has told me. People should never underestimate the difference they can make to another person with support and care.