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Hope and Homes for Children

15 March 2018

We are very proud to support Hope and Homes for Children and their amazing event “A Night of Adventure”.  This year we donated a place on one of our Teen Travel UK Tours.

So far the evening has raised an incredible £22,000!

Orphanages do not protect children, which is why we are working towards a day where every child can grow up within the love and protection of a family. Family-based care has been proven to provide far better outcomes for children, and with your support we are making an impact on the lives of children, families and communities right across the world.

Night of Adventure

Sarah, our North Camp Director, attended the evening:

The motto of the night was ‘just do it’.

It is always an amazing evening listening to these great modern day adventures. There were base jumpers, naked cyclists, mountain men, walkers and complete lunatics. But all in the name of one thing…adventure!

One of the stand out highlights has always got to be ‘McNuff’, the adventure Queen herself. Anna told her tail of cycling 5,500 miles through the Southern Andes with her best mate, Faye Shepherd, and how amazing it was to share the ‘ups and downs’ (pardon the pun) with her.

Next on my list would be the ‘Mountain Man’ himself, Charlie Walker who travelled across Mongolia with the plan of using a semi-wild pony as his mode of transport. The pony had other plans and so the tale goes that Charlie walked the pony across the majestic plains, with a wild dog in toe for company.

The list would not be complete without Ben Saunders, a polar explorer who has travelled in Robert Falcon Scott’s footsteps and completed the longest human powered polar journey in history!

I came away feeling completely inspired and excited for our summer adventure to begin at L&E, wondering what your teen travellers would plan this year! SC

From Camper to Tutor

10 February 2018

We are so proud to be able post Tom’s Story.  Tom first attended one of our camps in 2012 as a shy 13 year old.  In Summer 2017 he completed his training as an L&E Summer Camp Tutor.  He is wonderful example to all children (and parents) of how an L&E Summer Camp can change your life for the better.  Tom embraced everything that was offered and the rest, as they say, is history.  We’re very proud of you Tom. L&E

MY L&E STORY

By Tom Day

“Before my first day at L&E, I was a reclusive, shy teenager who never really socialised with people outside of the internet”

I was obsessed and addicted with playing computer games and had no motivation to work at school or spend time with friends at home. My parents were desperately looking for something to get me away from computers and stumbled upon L&E’s website.

Initially they booked a week in Easter 2012 for me and I was very reluctant to go as I would not have access to computer games and would be put in a dormitory with people I did not know from different countries.

“my life had been changed forever”

It’s fair to say I was extremely nervous arriving on the first day, but after some activities with the staff and other children the whole idea of summer camp was starting to grow on me.  After my first night, my life had been changed forever, I had made new friends, attempted to sneak out of the dorms against the instruction of the tutors, and was just having a great time. By the end of the week I had no desire to go back to sitting on my computer playing Minecraft, I had learned so much from the other children and tutors about different cultures and sports, and so I begged my parents to let me stay for another week, and they eventually caved.

“L&E truly holds a special place in my heart”

After Easter was over and I was back home, I immediately demanded that my parents book me more weeks in the summer, much to their delight as they were happy to see me socialising with children from so many different cultures and backgrounds.
I actually started becoming more active with friends from school and my grades genuinely picked up as I was not constantly obsessing over video games, and had time to focus on other things.

L&E truly holds a special place in my heart, as well as the hearts of my parents, as it had such a massive affect on the way I viewed life, and genuinely made me who I am today, and so it was such an honour to gain the opportunity to work there over summer 2017 because I knew I would have the same great time as I did as a child (but with more responsibility), whilst also providing children there with the same thrilling and brilliant time that I experienced. TD