__People like you make The Hope Foundation’s work possible. You can help the street and slum children of Kolkata to go to school, to get a life-saving vaccination, to stay free of drugs or to get training to get a job.We will gladly support you every step of the way.
Organise an event among your friends, at work or in your local club. It can be anything from £5 per person for a curry night or a barbecue at your home; £2 per person for coffee morning, a dress down day at work, a car wash day, a sponsored walk etc.
Each event makes a really positive difference to the poorest street and slum children in Kolkata.
_Setting up a fundraising page
Justgiving provides a fun and easy-to-use online fundraising website which helps ordinary people raise extraordinary amounts of money.
To set up your own fundraising page for HOPE on Justgiving, click here. If having Hope leaflets will help with your fundraising, please email us.
Michael Hope's story -
I love everything about India - its people, its food, its geography, its culture, its history. I suppose I'm a bit of an Indiaphile! When I discovered the Hope Foundation on the internet and its great cause, I started a Standing Order to help in a small way. The fact that I have the same name as the charity was another attraction! Long distance walking in Scotland is a popular pastime, both for tourists and Brits. My friends and I have previously walked The West Highland Way and The Great Glen Way. This year's trip is The Speyside Way - 64 miles from Buckie on the Moray Firth to Aviemore in the heart of the Grampian Mountains. 7 of us are walking this route at the end of May (hopefully before the midges appear!). We've all agreed to raise money for the Hope Foundation, and we've set a target of 2000 pounds on the Just Giving site. http://www.justgiving.com/Michael-Alan
There's still a long way to go, but I'm confident that we'll reach our target before the walk.
We prepared for the climb to the summit by eating a large meal at 16.00. Then it was off to bed only to be woken at 23.00 to prepare ourselves. 4 layers on top and bottom to protect us from the cold. Breakfast at 23.30. We leave at 24.00 with our headlights shining brightly. The progress is slow- very slow. The air is thin. Any fast movements make you gasp for air. After 3 hours we join the main trail just above Williams point. We all feel we are walking with empty tanks with only our inner determination keeping us going. We see the sunrise after 6 hours climbing. A great sight. After 7 hours our drinking tubes freeze. We arrive at Gillmans Point on the rim of the crater at 08.00 The height is 18,530 feet. Everyone is exhausted. We take a short break and are given a ginger tea from our guides. We then push on for the summit. We all reach the peak at 09.50. Height 19,340 feet. Exhausted, elated and incredibly emotional. We exchange congratulations, take pictures and then start the descent.
This experience has been the most difficult of my life. I feel a huge sense of achievement. I hope time will not diminish the enormity of what we have achieved.
And yes I would never never ever do it again. Well maybe
Souvid Datta spent some time with Hope in Calcutta last year. After his time there, he decided to go to southern Venezuela to trek the Amazonian rainforest and climb the flat-topped, tepui mountains unique to the Gran Savana area and raise funds for Hope. Souvid raised a fantastic £1520 for Hope. Thank you Souvid and well done!