Travel Places is committed to helping a variety of charities - internationally, nationally and within our local community. Some of the national charities we have supported include Red Nose Day and Children In Need.
On an ongoing basis, Travel Places is a proud supporter of Chestnut Tree House. Chestnut Tree House is the only children's hospice in Sussex and cares for children and adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-limiting and life threatening illnesses. It costs approximately £2million each year to provide this service and families are never charged for their care. Chestnut Tree House receives very little Government funding and so relies almost entirely on the generosity and help of the people of Sussex.
After being set a target of £10,000 at the beginning of the 2013, various events took place - marathons were run, Tough Mudder was embraced, auctions were held, Christmas festivities took place and much more. The best Christmas present we could receive that year was being informed that over the course of the year, not only did we reach our target, we SMASHED IT! The grand total...£17,370!!!!!! Thank you so much to everyone, not only to those who have taken part in all these challenges/events, but to those who have supported us throughout the year.
Here's what Chestnut Tree House themselves, had to say...
Travel Places Supports Chestnut Tree House
Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) is a UK cricket development and HIV/AIDS awareness charity run almost entirely by volunteers. Since its formation in 2005 the charity has delivered more than 40 projects in nine African countries, coaching more than 150,000 children and training over 3,000 coaches.
Working in partnership with the National Cricket Associations in each country, their British High Commissions and the ICC, the charity's two main goals are to spread cricket and increase HIV/AIDS awareness by incorporating the key messages into every day coaching sessions.
The charity is committed to delivering projects in at least five African countries on a twice yearly basis - Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Botswana and Cameroon.
In September 2014, an employee here at Travel Places volunteered to go on the autumn trip to Rwanda and what she experienced really was quite unreal.
The Fisantekraal Housing Development Area has been a suburb of the affluent Cape Town area of Durbanville since 1995. The community of approximately 18,000 people consists of rural Xhosa and Afrikaans speaking people who have moved to the area mainly from surrounding rural and farming areas. Initially they were living in informal housing but have been steadily moving into houses built for them by the authorities in the area.
In 2004, thirty thousands lives were claimed by the Boxing Day tsunami. The devastation of this natural disaster left approximately 1,500,000 people displaced from their homes, infectious diseases rapidly spread across the island and hundreds of square kilometres of paddy land were destroyed.
The mission of Extra Cover is to help some of Sri Lanka's most disadvantaged school children grow up with hope for the future. The charity provides some fundamental essentials such as food and clean drinking water as well as uniform, footwear and educational resources (to name just a few) to 14 of the most deprived schools in the south of the island. The hands on co-founders of the charity, Matthew Hansford and Robert Easton, are "committed to ensuring all pupils have a regular supply of clean, fresh water while they are at school".
Repairs have been made to several school buildings, broken stairs have been repaired and fences erected, providing a safe space in which children can learn. As well as this, funds permitting, the charity plan to build extra classrooms and play areas as well as run tea planting cooperatives. Since the beginning of 2014 Extra Cover has built a school exclusively for children with learning and physical difficulties.
The organisation has no ulterior motive (political, religious, and ideological) ..."We just want to help children learn and enjoy life".