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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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We finished the walk on sunday the 14th at 5:00. we had a good time walking and saw a good number of birds.

We started today in Warblington and finished in Lee On Solent. We had a few good birds like cattle egret.

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.

My name is Ellie micklewright and I am doing this walk to help support the Cameron bespolka trust and give something back to them. I attended the two of BTO bird camps that they helped to run and organise , which have inspired me to get more involved in conservation. These events are really key in inspiring the next generation of conservationists , through meeting other young naturalists and introducing them to new conservation opportunities. The camps also gave me the confidence to run the wildlife gardening club at school which helps engage other students in the natural world and nurture their passion for this . I have even won a national award for the club I set up , run , fundraise and design projects for. This really shows the extent of our achievements as a gardening team .

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    • Claire Wyon

      Claire Wyon

      May 5, 2019

      Brilliant effort! X

      £20.00

    • Megan Bespolka

      Megan Bespolka

      May 3, 2019

      Great job!

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    • Charlie

      Charlie

      May 3, 2019

      Its certainly good work Tommy!

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    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 2, 2019

      Well done, Ellie from Sophie and Yr11 at NGHS

      £14.00

    • Jackie McLean

      Jackie McLean

      May 1, 2019

      £20.00

    • Fiona Kelly

      Fiona Kelly

      Apr 29, 2019

      Well done Tommy!

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