Story

My name is Lucy Grogan and I’m raising money for Safe Haven Children’s Trust by jumping on a motorcycle and riding from Land’s End to John O’ Groat’s and back in two days on 30th November 2013.

Safe Haven Children’s Trust is a charity I hold tightly close to my heart.

A few years ago when the founder, my dear friend Benedicta Bywater, introduced me to her vision for the organisation I was deeply moved and unreservedly proud.

She tells the story of Safe Haven’s evolution as an emotional ride. Dealing with corruption and the mountains of red tape has not been easy. But the prevailing drive, the passion that radiates from her when she talks about Mlop Children’s Centre, the very centre that Safe Haven created, is palpable. It is on this determination and compassion for the children of Cambodia that she has built a place for them to be safe and healthy, to be educated and cared for, without the damaging effects of institutionalisation.

Skills are important in this life. Benedicta’s sheer determination is a testament to that. Even if it’s being able to do something physical, something that requires brainpower and razor sharp judgment, it makes you feel proud. Things like that make you feel like you own yourself, a feeling not many vulnerable children could say they have experienced. When I passed my motorcycle test, the feeling of achievement ran deep. It was another ‘tick’ to go on my bucket list, another skill. I knew that I could use it for another purpose.

A friend introduced me to Riders for Health: an organization that transports medical supplies to those in need in Zambia, Africa. They allow sponsored motorcycle tours around Zambia to raise awareness for their cause. At the time, I couldn’t afford the initial costs to join the program, but it got me thinking. Why couldn’t I do the same for Safe Haven? Why couldn’t I make my own rules that would benefit the charity? Why couldn’t it be just as ambitious, just as all consuming and raise a lot of money? Why not?

I am doing this for the children Safe Haven love, because when you see that love, it’s hard not to crumble. It might sound trite, but just one viewing of their site’s videos will prove it. They desperately need the Mlop centre to keep running. The demand for childcare in Cambodia is overwhelming to the extreme. The country’s 40 year history of genocide has ensured over 500,000 children have been orphaned. With the child sex trade booming, many children are left to fend for themselves. That is a horrendous and deeply upsetting thought.

I am angry that children have been left in this situation and it is that anger that fuels my unshakeable support of Safe Haven Children’s Trust. I have to try my best to raise money so that those children can have a better day tomorrow. I don’t know what I would do if I woke up one day and I couldn’t find my parents, let alone what other horrors might be in store. In fact, I have had nightmares about it. We all have.

Benedicta and her team go far beyond what is expected of them. When it comes down to it, Mlop Children’s Centre is a place filled with love and hope. Money can’t buy either of those things, but it certainly helps to put a roof over their heads, a bed underneath them, healthy food in their bellies, learning in their daily routine, and a smile on their faces. It is this love and ongoing security that is so unfathomably important to a child’s development.

Safe Haven Children’s Trust gives children that love. Together, we are going to make sure they still have the chance to do so.

Raising money for

Safe Haven Children's Trust

Safe Haven Children's Trust

Charity Registration No. 1130753

We help orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable young children and babies in Cambodia by giving the safety and comfort they need when they are in crisis. In Cambodia, a little goes a long way and, with your support, we can save the lives of vulnerable children who desperately need our help.

Donations 57

From Garth @ work. Thanks, Garth! Brilliant stuff.

Donation by Anonymous on 10/12/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well done Lucy! What great determination to see it through. Is it downhill on the way back ?

Donation by The Jarvis family on 02/12/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

From lovely people we met at John O' Groats.

Donation by Jill & Graham on 01/12/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

I am just so incredibly proud of my beautiful baby girl. The Spa awaits! xxxxxxx

Donation by Mumma on 01/12/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Hopefully this makes you £3000 square! I'm really proud of you and your dad. Well done!

Donation by Jamie on 01/12/13

£119.52

So proud!

Donation by Cassies on 01/12/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Good luck!

Donation by Naomi on 01/12/13

£20.00

Good luck, safe travels! (in memory of my mother and my brother Colin)

Donation by Cassi Loving Jensen on 30/11/13

Be safe and well and enjoy the ride !

Donation by David on 29/11/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Good luck on the journey Lucy! Ride safe!

Donation by Robert Griffiths on 29/11/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Safe journey and have a great time. Very impressed

Donation by Stace on 28/11/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck guys! Great cause! Glad you're in a mini that works Martin!

Donation by Greig on 28/11/13

£10.00

Good luck lovely lady!

Donation by Anna on 28/11/13

£20.00

Sorry it's a bit late Lucy - good luck from sunny Perth Australia. Get in there like swimwear hey? - x -

Donation by Jamie MCVEY on 28/11/13

£50.00

Ride safe, hon!

Donation by Jonathan Trout on 27/11/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck Lucy, will be thinking of you! xx

Donation by Sarah Gilbert on 27/11/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good Luck!!! Love Paul & Richard xxx

Donation by Anonymous on 27/11/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Best of luck Lucy from us all. xxx

Donation by Huw, Deb, Laura and Katie on 27/11/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Good luck Mrs! Proud of you for doing this for a great cause xxx

Donation by Melissa & Bennie on 26/11/13

£40.00

Hi Lucy, Great to meet you at my 'Bearback' talk. Not so many books sold. 10% of sales amounts to £10 so have doubled it for good measure. GOOD LUCK and WELL DONE ... go for it girl!!

Donation by Pat Garrod on 26/11/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 26/11/13

Best of luck Lucy, Love Cathy and Dan x

Donation by Anonymous on 26/11/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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GOOD LUCK, ITS FOR A GREAT CAUSE

Donation by BEN JEFFREY on 26/11/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Lucy you are an inspiration, and I wish you a safe and successful trip. Maxie xx

Donation by Maxie Knowles on 11/11/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Tom Harrington donated too! Thanks, Tom!

Donation by Lucy Grogan on 08/11/13

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,990.00
  • Offline donations£100.00
  • Text donations£10.00
  • Total raised£3,100.00
  • Gift Aid£657.38

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