Charity Explorers set to raise thousands for Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity!

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21 Nov 2009

Ex-military servicemen, Jess Thompson-Hughes and Steve Hook, paid an important visit to the Dame Vera Lynn (DVL) Trust today. The two men, whose new not for profit company aims to raise a staggering £20,000 for the forces’ sweetheart’s charity in Five Oaks, met the team behind the remarkable School for Parents of Children with cerebral palsy. They also had the fantastic opportunity to swap their stories about India with Dame Vera Lynn and talk to the Trust’s new patron and famous opera singer Hayley Westenra about her involvement with the charity...

Dame Vera Lynn’s charity leads the way in Conductive Education for pre-school children with cerebral palsy. The Trust does not receive any government funding and relies 100% on donations from the public to enable it to raise the £500,000 needed per year to continue the service.

Jess and Steve’s organization, Charity Explorers, facilitates people’s desire for adventure, and helps to make the world a slightly better place at the same time. The pair has pledged that the profits from their first adventure to India in March 2009, will be donated to the West Sussex charity. As ex-military personnel Jess and Steve are both admirers of the work Dame Vera Lynn did for the forces during the Second World War as well as her incredible spirit of adventure.

The community interest company’s daring escapade to India is certainly not for the faint hearted; adventurous mavericks travel in pairs tackling the four thousand kilometres of rough terrain in a seven HP Auto Rickshaw with a top speed of 35mph!

“The aim of our visit today was to meet Dame Vera Lynn and explain how our India adventure will raise funds for her charity.” explains Jess Thompson-Hughes. “At the end of the journey the Rickshaws are auctioned off and the proceeds will be donated to the Trust. All our explorers will be on the journey of a lifetime knowing that they are helping the families of children with cerebral palsy back home!”

Charity explorers are organizing two Indian Rickshaw adventures next year on 28th March - 17th April and 4th - 24th September. To find out how you can take part in the trip of a lifetime and make a real difference to a local charity visit


Credits: South Downs Living magazine