Page Update: 25 Sep 2020
Poppy’s 3 Welsh Peaks Challenge
On 26th August 2020 Poppy climbed the 3 Welsh Peaks in a day! What made it even tougher were the challenging conditions due to storm Francis. Her day started at 6am, an hour later than originally planned because of high winds gusting at more than 50mph. She climbed Peni y Fan in 2 hours and there was zero visibility at the top and it was seriously blowy and freezing cold.
After a 2.5 hour drive she arrived at Cadir Idris. The first hour climbing she was lucky enough to have beautiful views. Then she hit cloud, rain and had very little visibility sadly for next 2 and a half hours. In total it took 4 hours 20 mins to climb.
Next she was driven to Snowdon and set off at 7:30pm, later then we expected due to the morning delay. She started climbing and after 1.5 hours the conditions started to close in quickly and the dark was setting in. Head torches in the mist meant she could see even less than 4 meters ahead. When she was over 3/4 of the way to the summit with 30 minutes walking left her amazing guide and Mum decided the safest option was to turn around. She was gutted but plans to climb to the summit as soon as she can.
Had she climbed in May, which was her original plan (until Covid) she would’ve had 2 more hours of daylight and much easier conditions. In total she walked 11 hours, ascended 2251m, walked 49,580 steps and a total of 32.3km and raised over £4000 pounds.
A massive thank you from Sausage Tree!
In April 2020 Jack set himself a lockdown challenge which he completed on 26th July. He swam 500 meters, then cycled 20km, finally finishing with a 2.5km run and completed the race in 82 minutes and 51 seconds, smashing his original target! The split was – 8.08mins – 500m swim; 50.47mins – 20km cycle and 23.56mins – 5km run.
Jack you did amazingly – huge thanks for your support.
In January 2019 Godstowe Preparatory School held a couple of charity events and raised enough money to sponsor one of our Year 10 students, Emmanuel at Mfuwe Secondary School, for a year. Huge thanks for your support.
Westbourne House School
Westbourne have chosen Sausage Tree as one of four charities that they are fundraising for between September 2018 – July 2020. A Triathlon, Summer Ball and Christmas Fair are just a few of the events they have held.
Katie Hornett’s Quiz Night
Katie visited the Sausage Tree Schools in July 2018 and was so impressed she decided to run her own fund raising event for us. Her family quiz night was a huge success and raised £1200 for Sausage Tree. A massive thank you from us Katie!
The 3 Peak Challenge Crew from Pilgrims School
In Year 8 at Pilgrims School, Winchester, all students have to raise money for a charity. 6 boys chose Sausage Tree and they raised a massive £2429 by completing the 3 Peak Challenge. An amazing accomplishment – thank you Henry, Alex, Ben, Orlando, Hugo and Theo.
John Greenslade and his daughter Iris
In April 2018 John participated in the 33rd edition of the Marathon des Sables, Sahara “The Toughest Footrace on Earth”. It involved running (walking) over 250km across the desert in 5 days where the temperature can exceed 50C. His fundraising was split between 2 charities that his 2 daughters chose and Sausage Tree was Iris’s choice! Thank you Iris. John and Iris managed to raise £3645 for Sausage Tree – HUGE thanks to them both.
Annie Haak Designs
Annie Haak is Lu’s wonderful Auntie. She is an amazing jewellery designer based in Hampshire and Bali! She has been a wonderful support of Sausage Tree since its conception and has donated numerous auction and raffle prizes. On 19th May 2018 Annie Haak Designs is launching the Chiwawatala friendship bracelet and necklace in aid of Sausage Tree. We are so excited about this and there will be regular updates on social media. Follow Annie on Instagram.
Brookham Pre-Preparatory and Nursery
Brookham Pre-Preparatory and Nursery chose Sausage Tree as its charity for the academic year 2016-17. They held many fundraising events including a Christmas Fair and Quiz Night and thanks to a huge amount of support and hard work by the PTA raised just over £6500. Sausage Tree provided the children with a number of projects that would really make a difference and they chose to build a bore hole. They received regular updates and managed to change the lives of over 1000 people who now have guaranteed clean water. It is a wonderful achievement.
Stroud Preparatory School
Stroud in Romsey chose to support Sausage Tree as one of it’s 3 charities for the academic year in 2014/2015. They ran a variety of events including concerts, walks, a quiz night and a summer fair. These events enabled them to raise £3214 for Sausage Tree. The children at Stroud voted to drill a new borehole in the Mfuwe area. This would enable a ready supply of clean water and is essential in promoting a healthy community at the school. This project is currently underway.
The Kilimanjaro 6
In 2010 Erin Hurst got in touch and very kindly offered to do some fund raising. Little did we know that she would go on to climb Kilimanjaro with some friends, and raise a staggering £26,260. Incredibly they have donated all this money to the local community, and working with Sausage Tree, decided the funds should be used to build a dormitory at Mfuwe Day Secondary School. 48 boys moved in in January 2013 and were thrilled with their new accommodation and not having to share 4 to a bunk! This will make a significant difference to many young people in the years to come, improving the quality of life as they go through school. A huge thanks to Erin and her crew for their amazing support.
Valkyrie Festival organised by Rupert and Jo Spice
Valkyrie Festival was an extraordinary extravaganza held in a beautiful park in the heart of Hampshire. Conceived and organised by Jo and Rupert Spice, it was based on the theme Nordic Mythical Beasts (Valkyrie being one of them). The event was held on September 22nd 2012. It started at midday with a mad sports day with over 50 participants. The evening was a fancy dress extravaganza with everyone taking fancy dress to a new dimension with the Nordic Mythical beast theme! Live music and a number of very cool DJs kept the party going until the early hours. There was also an amazing auction which helped raise £6,000 for three charities, one of which was Sausage Tree. It was a fantastic event which bought everyone together in a stunning setting in the countryside all in aid of three great causes. Huge thanks for their support!
Twyford Pre Prep
During the summer term of 2012 Twyford Pre Prep chose Sausage Tree as the schools chosen charity for the term. A sponsored walk and cake sale managed to raise just over £2500! The children then voted on what the funds should be spent on and chose to help furnish the newly built boys dormitory. 48 boys moved in at the beginning of January 2013. They are chuffed to bits as they are now able to have their own bed! Previously they were sharing 4 per bunk. This will have a huge impact on the many young people who will need to boarding accommodation to be able to finish school successfully – Twyford Pre Prep helped really helped to improve their quality of life.
Richard Master’s brilliantly rode for Sausage Tree and one other charity in the London Prudential Ride this August. The ride is usually 100miles, starting in London and winding its way down to Surrey and back incorporating the Olympic cycle route. This year however, due to bad weather they cut out the 2 big hills and it ended up being 86 miles.
Richard nailed it in 5 hours in horrendous biking conditions and has applied to do it again next year so he can ride the 2 big hills! He raised over £1000 for Sausage Tree – Huge thanks – you are a star!
About Sausage Tree Charity
Why Sausage Tree?
The sausage trees are a common sight in the Luangwa Valley, an unspoilt area lying at the tail end of the Great Rift Valley. Down the centre of the valley runs the Luangwa, a winding, snaking river that supports a thick growth of rich vegetation on either bank.
Dotted around the countryside are the distinctive Sausage Trees, their large fruit suspended in mid-air by long flexible stems. We all felt that this unusual tree would be a perfect symbol for the work we are carrying out for the children of this valley.
FLIKR Photo courtesy of sarahdepper.