Welcome to the ACT news page, where we share regular updates and fundraising ideas.

More than just a gift - 15th November 2018

Some gifts are more than just a gift. The magical John Lewis & Partners Christmas ad is here!

Click here to watch the boy and the piano.

Did you know that you can raise vital funds for Alchemy Charitable Trust for FREE when you do your Christmas shopping online via Give as you Live?

Whether you are buying the perfect present from John Lewis, looking for dazzling decorations or ordering the family's festive feast, remember to shop online via Give as you Live and raise money for us, at no extra cost to you. If you haven't signed up for your Give as you Live account yet, it only takes two minutes and is totally free!

Enjoy the magic of giving this Christmas! Shop and raise now.

Autumn update: from wigs to washing machines - 22nd September 2018

From wigs to washing machines, from school uniforms to specialist therapy, from childcare costs to clothes for interviews, we’ve helped with so much this summer.  

This autumn, we are helping with an unusual request for art equipment for a budding artist from #Worthing who is currently sofa-surfing and using the power of the paintbrush to conquer his mental health demons and make life a little sunnier.

Thank you for all of your support, especially from all those who got involved with our fantastic fundraising events last month.

ACT selected for Covea Insurance ‘Charity Day’ - 06th August 2018

A huge thank you to everyone in the Covea Insurance West Malling office for selecting ACT as your Charity Day partner this month. ACT relies on voluntary donations and corporate sponsorship to continue to develop its work providing vital support to vulnerable people. We provide immediate relief to people whose needs fall outside the usual remit for State or charitable assistance and who have nowhere else to turn. To find out more about the critical work we do and the huge difference even a small donation can make to the lives of local people, click here.

August update: over 100 families helped in 2018! - 03rd August 2018

As the leaves have started turning autumnal and the evenings a bit chilly, we thought our August update is the perfect thing to keep you toasty as the sun goes down! Since January 2018, ACT been able to help more than 100 local families and individuals, helping with costs such as providing essential baby safety equipment for a single mum, help to buy a month's travel ticket for a homeless individual to help them travel to their new job, as well as a washing machine for a young mum who was recently homeless. To help more local residents who find themselves in need of a little extra support, give a one-off gift by clicking “Donate” on our website

Record-breaking swim for charity! - 03rd August 2018

On 22nd July, four swimmers broke the world record to become the fastest swimmers ever to cross the North Channel. Swimmers Danny Hanlon, Bernie Stone, James Brent & Will Collings Wellsthey completed the swim in an astonishing 6 hours and 31 minutes. 

The team swam the Dál Riata Channel (from Mull of Kintyre Scotland to Northern Ireland) in a relay, with each person swimming one hour in rotation. In sea temperatures of just 13°C, the team covered a distance which in a straight line is 17k, but was significantly more with currents.

Many thanks to Bernie, Danny, James and Will for their outstanding achievement and for naming ACT as one of the charities to benefit from their amazing fundraising effort.  To read more about their incredible achievement, please click here.

Knocked them for six! - 16th July 2018

A great day of cricket was had at the 'Challenge the Legends' fundraiser at Sevenoaks Vine Cricket Club on 12th July - a sponsored cricket day with a real with a difference!  The ‘Legends’ team of cricket greats, including Phil Defreitas, Devon Malcolm, Beth Morgan and Matthew Hoggard, played a T20 game against a mixed team of up-and-coming young cricketers aged 16-18, drawn from Chance to Shine’s national Street Chance programme, as well as local schools. One of the boys from the Challengers team, Subhan Hussain, said "It was a great experience playing with such legends. It was amazing listening to Phil's stories of playing against other legends that I look up to such as Wasim Akram and it was also a great learning experience too playing alongside other players who are a similar ability to myself and some who were a lot better!”

The day benefited from the long run of good weather we've been experiencing recently and the sold-out crowd of spectators enjoyed a wonderful day of cricket. Following lunch, there was a lively auction which raised funds for the three beneficiary charities of the day: Chance to Shine, ACT and Sevenoaks Vine Cricket Club. We'll post the total amount raised on the day very shortly. 

All the donations raised for ACT will do so much to help those West Kent and Sussex families and individuals that literally have nowhere else to turn for support. A huge thanks to all who gave up their time to support us on the day!

Challenge the Legends - 16th April 2018

CHALLENGE THE LEGENDS is a sponsored cricket day with a difference. A ‘Legends’ team of cricket greats, men and women, will play a T20 game against a mixed team of up-and-coming young cricketers aged 16-18, drawn from Chance to Shine’s national Street Chance programme as well as local schools.

The Legends team will be made up of cricket internationals from recent eras of the profile of Charlotte Edwards, Ebony Rainford-Brent, Devon Malcolm and Phil ‘Daffy’ DeFreitas (full team to be finalised by March 31).

We are delighted to be one of the beneficiaries of the event and any donations raised will help those West Kent and Sussex families and individuals that literally have nowhere else to turn for support.

To be part of the day on Thursday, July 12th, or for more information on how you can get involved, please click here.

Index Magazine: Charity of the month - 08th April 2018

We are delighted to share a snippet from Index Magazine, where ACT were featured as the local "Charity of the Month" earlier this year.  ACT was established in 2012 by Tunbridge Wells couple, Alan and Annie Clarke, and is a grant making charity of last resort for those living in West Kent and Sussex.

ACT is a small charity with only one part time employee to keep running costs to a genuine minimum. Alan explained: "We wanted to help those individuals and families that literally have nowhere else to turn for support. At ACT, we don't focus on any particular issue such as cancer or homelessness; for most of our applicants we are simply the charity of last resort...The Trustees review all applications rapidly, often within 24 hours, being mindful that the applicants are usually desperate." ACT Trustees, who give their time completely free, review all applications and organise and support fund raising activities which have included a wine tasting, jazz concert and earlier this year an inaugural charity golf day.

Annie Clarke added, "since our formation, ACT has awarded over 500 grants, recently passing £250,000. We get wonderful feedback and thanks and know that in our small way we are making a real difference to peoples’ lives."

Fundraising news for July 2018 - 08th April 2018

This July, an extraordinary fundraising challenge will be taking place, with donations going towards work in your local community. Danny Hanlon, Bernie Stone, James Brent and Will Collings Wells will be attempting to swim the Dál Riata Channel from Mull of Kintyre, Scotland to Northern Ireland, in relay.

The tide is so fast that the team need to swim at 3.5 kmph to have a chance at making it to the finish posts. That is double the speed of an Olympic 10K swimmer!

The donations from their wild swim will be going towards 3 great causes, including the Alchemy Charitable Trust. The money raised means that we can continue to help families and individuals with nowhere to turn across the whole of West Kent and Sussex. You can read some brilliant examples about our work on our Facebook page.

Wishing the team the very best of luck - watch out for those jelly fish! To keep up with the guys journey, and to donate a gift, please click the link below:

https://bit.ly/2qgnB2x

A chilly March update: 27 local families helped - 06th March 2018

   As the last of the snow starts to melt, we thought our March update is the perfect thing to warm you up! Since Christmas, we have thrown “Kindness Snowballs” at more than 25 local families and individuals, helping with costs from GP letters to new flooring and from an electric riser chair to rent arrears, ensuring a #Sussex family was not left out in the cold. Just last month, we gifted a local resident with a special mattress to help with an existing medical condition and ensure they could be discharged from hospital and come home to a good nights sleep. To help more local residents who find themselves on thin ice this March, you can give a one-off gift by clicking “Donate” on our website ❄️