Nottingham University was HOPE’s first ever university partner and we are very fortunate to have a fantastic supporter base amongst students at this university, as well as those who have since graduated. This support started in 2011/12 with a group cycling from London to Paris, including past and present students of Notts.
In 2013, the support of Nottingham went to another level as an astounding 95 students took part in the Kilimanjaro Legacy expedition by climbing to the Roof of Africa and subsequently visiting one of our partner organisations, Mkombozi, to see exactly how their collective fundraising – an absurd £230,000 – was having an immense impact on the lives of vulnerable children living and working on the streets in East Africa.
Nottingham RAG Society, or Karnival, is the largest of its kind in the UK and last year raised in excess of £1.7m. HOPE has enjoyed a close friendship with Karnival and has been fortunate to have fantastic support from previous Directors including David Rees (2009), Barney Cornick (2012) as well as the incumbent Tom Goodman, who was part of the Kili Legacy Expedition in 2013.
We are very proud to announce that in 2014, the first ever Hope for Children Society (HOPE Soc) was established at Nottingham by 2 of our HOPE Ambassadors, Jack Cowie and Tom Scraton. Both Jack and Tom took part in the Kili Legacy last year and we hope that this is just the first of many examples of students continuing to support HOPE having witnessed our exceptional work with children living in extreme poverty.
2014/15 HOPE Ambassadors