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The Chestnut Tree House’s China Trekkers raise over £90k

Marie Harris, Managing Director of Beta Futures, and one of the Chestnut Tree House China Trekkers returned home safe and sound on 18th October. The trek, which was over 5 days,  brought together a vast range of individuals from different backgrounds and walks of life with one common goal  – to raise much needed funds for Chestnut Tree House, the only children’s hospice in Sussex.

The group were presented with the physical challenge of taking on 50km of The Great Wall of China. What really surprised Marie and a number of her fellow trekkers was the incredible emotional journey that accompanied the physical challenge. china trekkers 3

Over the week the bond that the group formed and the support that they gave each other was simply amazing and lifelong friendships have been formed.  Group members faced varying degrees of personal challenge but everyone was rewarded with knowing that they had raised money for an amazing cause and gained a true sense of achievement.

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The China Trekkers got the opportunity to help with rebuilding part of the Wall. Members of the group brought special and sentimental objects to place under their brick. The group also placed foil hearts and stars in the wall, to symbolise children that are being cared for by the hospice and those who are sadly no longer with us. Group members described this as a very emotional and important moment for the team.

To date, the group collectively raised £93k. To put that figure into context, it costs £6,850 for Chestnut Tree House to provide its services for one day. The amount of money the China Trekkers raised is enough to run the house for almost 2 weeks.

A huge well done to all the China Trekkers from the Beta Futures team thank you to everyone who donated without whom it would not have been possible.

China trekkers group by Tom Cotterill
China Trekkers group by Tom Cotterill

 

 

 

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Update: 25th September Macmillan Coffee Morning

Beta Futures’ Macmillan Coffee Morning with Randall Schofield Court, on 25th September,  was deemed a success!

There was a buzzy atmosphere with cake, brick-a-brack and raffle prizes on offer. It was a brilliant way to raise money for such a good cause.

Beta Futures’ stall raised £67.20 in total.

It was also great to see photos from other Macmillan Coffee Mornings! You can check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/macmillancoffee.

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Did you hold a Macmillan Coffee Morning? We’d love to see your photos! Tweet them to @betafutures.

Our MD is taking on the Great Wall of China for Chestnut Tree House

Marie Chestnut Tree House 1Beta Futures’ Managing Director, Marie Harris, will be embarking upon a 50km trek of the Great Wall of China over 5 days in October 2015; raising money for Chestnut Tree House.

Chestnut Tree House is the only children’s hospice in East and West Sussex and cares for 300 children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-limiting conditions from Sussex and South East Hampshire.

There are potentially 1,000 families with life-limited children in Sussex. Chestnut Tree House offers support for the whole family including psychological and bereavement support, end of life and short break care and sibling support.

 It currently costs well over £3m each year to provide all the care services provided by Chestnut Tree House. Families are never charged for their care and less than 8p in every pound is funded by the government, so we rely heavily on the generosity, help and support of the people of Sussex.” (Chestnut Tree House, 2015)

So far Marie has raised over £2,800  in aid of this amazing charity and is currently training hard to get ready for the challenge.

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Photo of the view from Marie’s Training at the Sussex Downs

We recently had a talk given by a representative from Chestnut Tree House at our 50+ Skills Exchange Club Crawley. The Club members were very touched and inspired by the hospice. We have arranged a trip to the House for Club members in October.Marie says I am raising money for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice because it is vital that the amazing work of the hospice continues. I have never done anything like this before so it certainly will be a challenge.”

Marie’s JustGiving Page https://www.justgiving.com/Marie-Harris6/

Chestnut Tree House Website http://www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/

“Beta Futures is a not-for-profit organisation that supports employers to break down the barriers to growth. Beta Futures specialises in identifying funding opportunities, writing bids and supporting businesses’ growth and resourcing.

The money Beta Futures generates from delivering these services allow them to run The Club. The 50+ Skills Exchange Club is a community initiative that is a meeting of like-minded people who have a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience which they share with one another. The Club aims to reduce the exclusion and isolation of older people in local communities.”

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The 50+ Skills Exchange Club: Crawley Club Update

Below you will find our article  for Age Action Alliance published on 31st July 2015:

“The 50+ Skills Exchange Club brings people together to socialise and learn new skills. It also supports individuals who are wishing to get back into work or pursue volunteering opportunities in the local community.

In May 2015 Beta Futures was delighted to launch the 50+ Skills Exchange Club in Crawley.  The Club currently runs in Redhill and there are plans for a third in Horsham by 2016.

So what has The Club been up to? The Club has already welcomed an increasing number of members and hosted several guests such as Loredana D’Andrea from K2’s Well Being team.

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The Crawley Club Launch May 2015

The Crawley Club is organising future meetings including a First Aid session and representatives coming in from local businesses.  Members of The Club were also recently inspired by Chestnut Tree House when a speaker came in to talk about the hospice’s work. Beta Futures’ Managing Director, Marie Harris, will be embarking upon a 50km trek of the Great Wall of China over 5 days in October 2015. So far Marie has raised over £1000 in aid of this amazing charity and The Club members are hoping to arrange a trip to the hospice in the near future.

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Ping Tsim Alternative Therapies Crawley Session

The Club members are putting forward their own ideas for Club events such as fundraising, craft stalls and much more. A committee will soon be established which will allow members to shape and drive the direction of The Club.”

Want to learn more? Check out our website: http://www.betafutures.com/newsite/50plus.html

Our blog on the Age Action Alliance website: http://ageactionalliance.org/the-50-skills-exchange-club-crawley-update/

Marie Harris’ Just Giving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/marie-harris6/

You can also find us on Twitter (@50PlusSkills) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/50-Skills-Club/1569904066559573).

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