A target surpassed
I may have pedalled the miles to Istanbul but my wife, Jenny, ensured that all the donations promised have been collected; that the accounts were meticulously kept up to date; and that the tax rebates via gift-aiding have been secured for the charity Motivation (motivation.org.uk).
Having that kind of back-room support freed me up to concentrate on the logistics of the expedition and, at no point on the journey, did I fear about our financial accountability. I’m not only grateful for her unswerving support on these adventures…….but she also cuts my hair for free!
Last night we met with one of the directors of Motivation, Richard Frost, his wife Sarah (who also works for Motivation), their children and cousins, and we sat down to a veritable feast prepared by Richard’s mother Mavis. It was a great opportunity for us to meet some of the people at the heart of the charity’s work, learn a little more about its background, its progress over 25 years, and where it is going in the future.
Although we were delighted to have surpassed our target of £5000, we knew realistically that this was but a drop in the ocean, especially seen in the context of the huge potential for further expansion in the developing world. Wheelchairs are, quite honestly, life-savers for those who are immobile and unable to support themselves, but it also happens to be an aspect of humanitarian support that is neglected by many of the big charities. Motivation works hard both with local government projects and with big-name charities, to improve the provision of affordable wheelchairs for the disabled.
However, it was heartening to know that our small contribution will help to provide 38 wheelchairs, the materials for which will be sourced locally by each of the projects, and will be built by specially trained staff in each of the countries. Much more than simply providing wheelchairs, people are empowered to build their own, thus ensuring continuity for each of the projects.
If you contributed to this, I thank you sincerely. Your donation has gone to a very good cause.