There are many worthy causes and it has been hard to generate a shortlist of charities. However, following votes and research the two charities who will be supported by this expedition are:
Mountain Rescue is a valuable community service providing vital emergency assistance in areas where other emergency services cannot reach. The mountain and cave rescue service in the UK is the responsibility of the police, under their obligation to ‘protect life and property’. Teams, (and the Search and Rescue Dog Association) are called out through the 999 system, and work with the police, ambulance or fire service according to the nature of the incident. A voluntary body, and a registered charity in its own right, its main function is to liaise on behalf of the teams with the various government departments in the running of mountain and cave rescue.
Though Mountain Rescue in the UK is free of charge to the casualty, this valuable community service relies on the support and generosity of the public to maintain it as an organisation.
As an enthusiastic team, taking part in many outdoor pursuits in the UK as well as abroad; the expedition is choosing to support this vital resource so that it may continue to educate and protect educate the UK public in the great outdoors.
By focusing on challenging disability through outdoor adventure, visiting the Calvert Trust becomes more than just having fun, it’s about developing personal skills that can be taken into everyday life, including:
- Building self-confidence
- Gaining independence
- Making new friends
- Acquiring new hobbies and skills.
We chose to support this charity as the fantastic work taking place at the three centres within the UK allows more people with disabilities to take part in and enjoy outdoor pursuits, and through this achieve their potential.
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If you would still like to support the expedition itself, either through a donation or sponsorship, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to Bryony, as the full expedition cost has not yet been met.
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