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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”