Himalayas trek on target to raise thousands

To help celebrate our 25th Anniversary this year we have completed our biggest ever charity challenge. Months of planning went into the ten day trek to the Himalayas in March and the team have just safely returned from what they’ve described as a humbling experience.

“It was a challenge, the facilities were basic, in fact less than basic, and it really makes you value the things we have at home and take for granted like running water,” said Living Springs Founder and Centre Director Jane Chapman. “The children have next to nothing yet would play happily. It makes you think about materialism as here we have iPads and all the latest technology  - although you can say what you’ve never had you never miss,” said Jane.

The ten strong team all gelled well together and faced tough challenges. “One of the team struggled with an upset stomach but was determined to keep going. Our guide was incredible and the Sherpas were amazing. We gave them each a tip at the end of the trip and the way they received the money was simply humbling,” she added.

Also humbling has been the generosity of local people who have made generous donations. “The money is still coming in and being counted, so far we have reached £14,000. People have been incredibly kind and we are extremely grateful.”

In addition to our work with pregnant teenagers and vulnerable families providing temporary homes for up to nine families at our centre at Barratts Coppice Farmhouse on the Bridgnorth Road in Stourton we also have a ‘half way home’ - a flat in Stourbridge where we can offer a young mum or family a place to prepare to start living back within the community. The money raised will be used to expand this work with families in the community after they have moved on from Living Springs. It will help provide stability for the children and ensure the positive progress made at Living Spring continues.

The Himalayas adventure included flights to Kathmandu and Pokhara and the treks include Syaull, Ghandruk, Tadapani, Ghorepanl, Poon Hill - one of Nepal’s best view points - and Tirkedunga. “You simply couldn’t take the mountains in, it was spectacular.” In fact, so spectacular the team are now considering another adventure next year to Everest base camp.

You can still sponsor the efforts of the trekkers and help to make a real difference to the lives of many children and their families.