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Our current project

Following the success of the 'bonding weekend' with our young athletes in Devon and our horror, as we watched the Inner City riots unfold in August 2011, we decided there and then to give as many children as possible, the chance of a life changing experience in the West Country.

 

We have now teamed up with an adventure centre, Grenville House in Brixham www.grenvillehouse.com and we decided to sponsor 40 deserving nine to eleven year olds, from the Borough of Hackney, for a five day stay over the October half term.

 

During their time at Grenville House, the children experienced a variety of indoor and outdoor activities along with the consequent personal and social development that this brought. They were divided into teams of six, accompanied by an adult team leader and took part in eight, half day sessions of raft building, caving, high ropes course, canoe trips, abseiling, yachting and indoor climbing. All the activities were supervised by highly trained Grenville House instructors.

 

The children were chosen from six different schools in Hackney. This in itself provided additional challenges for both the children and staff. The Centre's philosophy is based on teamwork, whether assisting each other by carrying suitcases up to bedrooms, setting the dining room table for breakfast, or canoeing around Brixham Harbour.

 

It is to be hoped that the overall experience will assist in making the transition from primary to secondary school easier and help to motivate the children to achieve their full potential, in their future lives.

 

The selection of the individual children was orchestrated by Nana Badu, an inspirational sports coach, who has been working with schools in Hackney for a number of years and who headed up our team of coaches in Ghana. He is passionate about keeping young, vulnerable children away from the 'Gang Culture', that will lead to a life of crime. He accompanied those selected to Devon and fully participated in the experience, bringing much needed discipline and understanding.

 

The costs to send each child to Grenville House is approximately £225 including transport, accommodation, catering and all activities. We have already booked 3 further weeks and hope to raise sufficient funds to allow a further 120 children to visit Grenville House next year.

2nd Fundraising Dinner

Our second Fund Raising Dinner was held on March 3rd at Twickenham and once again was a great success. We raised over £13,000 on the evening. This means we have enough money to send more than 120 children to Grenville House this year. We want to thank all of you who have helped us with generous donations. Without you we would not have been able to reach this magnificent sum.

 

The highlight of the Dinner was an inspirational speech by Charlie Kyle, Deputy Head of Holy Trinity, one of the school, which sent children to Devon over the October half term, last year. Here are a few quotes from her speech:

 

"Hackney is home to some of the Country's most underprivileged children."

 

"A third of all households with children are single parents families."

 

"The highest incidence of crime in Hackney is drug related. It is almost double that of all other types of crime."

 

"These kids are no different to yours, they have the same aspirations, hopes and dreams."

 

"The majority have never seen the sea and would quite literally run a mile if they came face to face with a cow."

 

"The opportunities that the Jamie Procter's Foundation are proposing are unlike anything that we are able to offer. To leave Hackney, leave London, leave their parents, possibly for the first time, and face a new set of challenges. To experience activities that they have never before tried, to sail a boat, rock climb, canoe or even just to walk through countryside. To work alongside new people and to develop their social skills and to feel a sense of achievement and pride in conquering new activities is incredible. The impact of experiences like these, on children like ours, cannot be overestimated."

Jamie Procter's Foundation 2nd successful project - sponsoring 40 deserving nine to eleven year olds, from the Borough of Hackney, for a five day stay over at Grenville House to help making the transition from primary to secondary school easier and motivate children to achieve their full potential.
 
 
Angie & Julian Bond
Kingfisher House
4 Hexdown Barns
Bigbury-on-Sea
Devon TQ7 4BB
Tel: 01548 811131
Email: info@jamieprocters
foundation.org


Reg. Charity No. 1139763
 
Jamie Procter's Foundation 2nd successful project - sponsoring 40 deserving nine to eleven year olds, from the Borough of Hackney, for a five day stay over at Grenville House to help making the transition from primary to secondary school easier and motivate children to achieve their full potential.