Here Becky tells more about her fundraising event and support for the charity:
“Hart House is a respite care home for children with disabilities and learning difficulties in The Gambia. I first heard about them when researching an upcoming holiday, as other tourists had posted information about the home on travel forums. As it was relevant to the work I do with The DOVE Project (now part of CareTech), I decided to visit. My partner, who also works for The DOVE Project, and I took out some clothing and resources, and spent some time with the children on a visit to the beach and back at the home. Geoff Hunwicks, who set up the home in 2001, explained that they do not receive any funding from the Gambian government and relied solely on donations. Hart House is the only home of its kind, set up specifically to support children with disabilities, and the work Geoff and his staff were doing was truly amazing.
Once back at work, we decided to raise money for Hart House by selling donated books from our training centre for adults with learning disabilities in Ivybridge. This gives the people we support experience in retail-related work, as they sort through, catalogue, price and display the donated books, and all money raised is sent to Hart House. This year, I found out about the CareTech Charitable Foundation, who were happy to match our donation. The process was easy to complete and Clair was able to assist me with any queries I had. If you are raising money for a charity I would recommend getting in touch with them, as it’s a quick and easy way to double your donation!”
When hearing about the donation, Heike from Hart House said:
“Hart House Charitable Fund who solely raises funds for Hart House in The Gambia are very grateful to everyone at the Dove Project who was involved in raising money for Hart House and to the CareTech Foundation for matching the amount raised. This money will go a long way to ensure that the children at Hart House can continue to receive good care and make progress in developing to their potential. Thank you so much for your support, which is very much appreciated.”
You can find out more about Hart House HERE.