HOPE’s relationship with York started in 2012/13 when the then RAG Chair, Becky Mursell, brought the university on to the Kilimanjaro Legacy. In previous years it would be fair to say that York had never quite reached its full potential in terms of students participating on international challenges. However, the RAG committee, led by Becky, worked tirelessly to recruit a group of 65 students to climb to the Roof of Africa.
Subsequently, they visited one of our partner organisations, Amani, to see exactly how their collective fundraising – an amazing £150,000 – was having an immense impact on the lives of vulnerable children living and working on the streets in East Africa.
This was the year York RAG stood up and demanded to be noticed nationally, and it has gone from strength to strength ever since. Their most recent achievement was at the National RAG Conference, 2013, where they won the bid to host the conference in September 2014.
2013 saw Hope for Children elected by the students of Langwith College as their Charity of the Year, a great honour and one that HOPE has full embraced. Along with students from Nottingham, 15 members of Langwith will be ascending the Volcanic Peaks of Guatemala on the Spires of Fire Trek, all in aid of HOPE. The expedition team is comprised of past and present Langwith students, as well as the College Manager, Jonathan Exon. We have been overawed by the support of the whole College for HOPE and eagerly anticipate the next 6 months of partnership.