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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.
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."
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:
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 ❄️
This Christmas, we’ve helped two young Mum’s on the Sussex coast to get their little ones to school this Christmas term and put food on the table. As the nights grew cold and dark, we helped E with a fix for his wood-burning stove. This December, D from Brighton unwrapped some specialist trainers, to help minimize pain when he’s walking. We’ve given a Mum and Dad a much needed break, organising specialist play sessions for their 4 year old. And ACT’s little helpers have given Lauren a bed of her own and essential counselling for a local resident with nowhere else to turn. Wishing you all - and all our supporters - a very happy Christmas and thank you for all your support this year.
We did it! Delighted to announce that ACT has now helped over 530 West Kent and Sussex residents in desperate need and given grants totalling more than a quarter of a million pounds ✨ #MilestoneMonday
This September, we've given more than £3,000 worth of grants to West Kent and Sussex families in need.
From Hove to Hastings, these essential gifts have paid for everything from school uniform for the new term and hostel fees to mobility scooter batteries and doctors prescriptions.
As the leaves start to fall, thanks Autumn, for reminding us that a little change is AMAZING.
Speaking of a little change, if you have any spare, you can donate a one-off gift by clicking Donate
Please note that the Alchemy Charitable Trust office will be closed from Wednesday, 16th August 2017 until Monday, 4th September 2017. During this time, we will be unable to respond to any communication, new or ongoing. We're so sorry for any inconvenience but look forward to helping West Kent and Sussex residents in need this Autumn.
Before we go, here's just some of the ways we have been supporting families and individuals in your local community who had nowhere else to turn and desperately needed our help. This Summer we have provided grants for:
A family in Edenbridge with school uniforms and funds for kids holiday activities as Mum is unwell
School uniforms for a family in Eastbourne Dad who has just lost his job
Sofa-bed for a mum in Newhaven so she didn't have to sleep on floor
Clothes and trainers for a homeless gentleman from Hove
We couldn't have done it without our fabulous supporters, so thank you for helping us make a difference.
We truly love our supporters! Summer 2017 has been busy and we have managed to make some real changes to the lives of West Kent and Sussex residents who had nowhere else to turn. Thanks to you, we've helped with school uniform, items for a new born baby, a washing machine, a bus pass and we've even helped someone secure their own home in St Leonards On Sea. So this Sunday, we thought we'd share a little love - you guys are our heroes.
We are delighted to announce that our golf day fundraiser raised £13,129.50. Fabulous result and a great day had by all! Thank you so much to everyone who took part and this Bank Holiday - don't worry, tee happy!