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Weʼre raising £1,500 to Raise money for the Cameron Bespolka Trust which encourages the next generation of young wildlife enthusiasts and protect the environment.

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On Friday the 12 of April, Myself and Ellie Micklewright will be embarking on a 70+ mile trek across the coastline of Hampshire in order to raise funds for the Cameron Bespolka Trust. Below are the key pointers I hope will explain why I am doing this walk and I hope you will sponsor me.

Following the tragic passing of Cameron Bespolka in 2013 at just 16, his family set up the Cameron Bespolka Trust in his memory. Its direct focus goes towards inspiring today’s youth to cherish and respect wildlife, as Cameron Bespolka did.

What the Cameron Bespolka Trust do is organise and fund projects, both their own and in collaboration with other parties to create, an educational and inspiring experience for young people. By doing this, they are creating the foundations for new and improved programs and opportunities that enable young people to get actively involved in conservation. The knowledge young people gain from such projects like those gained from BTO Bird Camp, is priceless and goes towards enriching the mind and experience that teenagers will undertake whilst attending one of the many events which the trust funds and organise.

By working closely with groups such as the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Wildlife Trusts, the Cameron Bespolka Trust is not only encouraging, but also connecting young people so that they appreciate Mother Nature – especially for those who may not have the means to do so. It is becoming increasingly rare for young people to be exposed to the outdoors; the Cameron Bespolka Trust is one of the pieces in the jigsaw puzzle trying to reverse that by adding another dimension to young people’s lives.

Over the years since Cameron’s passing, the trust has been involved in supporting and organising a wide range of events. These events range from BTO Young Birders Camps, The Hampshire Ornithological Society Young Birders Camp, offering a Scholarship for one UK Young Birder per a year to attend the Cornell Ornithology Young Birders Weekend in the USA, RSPB Phoenix Weekends and partnering up with the Homeless Children’s Foundation by where they sponsored 11 homeless children in Florida to attend a Nature Camp. None of that mentioned above would have been possible if it were not for the Cameron Bespolka Trust.

The following video was produced by young zoologist Amy Hall about the BTO's Bird Camp in 2017. A project supported by the Cameron Bespolka Trust which I'm grateful to have been a part of https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5Lz6c6l4OJ4

I am undertaking this 70+ mile walk because I believe in the work that the Cameron Bespolka Trust are doing. Having gone through what they have, I utterly and truly admire Cameron’s family & friends in the light of everything, for setting up the charity with its direct and soul aim to actively engage with young people and encourage them to explore the wonders of the natural world. There providing the next generation with the best opportunities out there to support and develop their knowledge for both personal purposes and for those who wish to turn their love for all things wild into their future professional life.

Having been fortunate enough to attend multiple events supported by the Cameron Bespolka Trust, I can say from my heart that they make a difference in more ways than what I believe the trust originally had in mind. Not only are you gaining essential skills in conservation, scientific studying and ornithology, but new friendships will form. For the first time in 2016 I met like-minded people like Elliot Montieth, Zach Haynes and Amy Hall who I could share my passion with that was a major turning point in my life.

Starting from Friday the 12th of April to Sunday the 14th of April, my trek will take me along the Hampshire coastline from Warblington to Hurst Castle. If anyone wishes to join me for a section of the walk, then fell free to get in touch and we'll come to an arrangement.

I hope that this has provided you with enough information to see why I’m doing this walk and to hopefully of touched you enough to sponsor me so that my generation can live in a future bountiful in wildlife.

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    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 14, 2019

      Enjoy the journey and well done for doing thisSarah

      £30.00

    • Lizzy Flight

      Lizzy Flight

      Mar 12, 2019

      Love you Ell Good luck xox

      £5.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 10, 2019

      Good luck!

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 10, 2019

      Best of luck to you, Tommy - hope you get some sunny weather and enjoy the wonderful views!

    • Marcus Ward

      Marcus Ward

      Mar 9, 2019

      Great work Tommy - remember to let us know when you are in our neck of the woods and we'll pop out with some cake!

      £20.00

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      Feb 27, 2019

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