Weʼve raised £556 to help fund sending me to Lourdes on the jumbulance with across.
- Southampton, United Kingdom
- Disability support
- Time left
- Funded on Thursday, 28th September 2017
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This August I am going on pilgrimage to Lourdes with the charity Across. They arrange travel for people with disabilities or serious illnesses. Across groups travel using a special bus called a Jumbulance - a jumbo-sized ambulance with beds, a lift and all equipment to help people travel safely and comfortably. Across helps people go away when travel by normal transport is impossible. A trip to Lourdes is a sort of spiritual holiday, allowing people to go somewhere new, share a great experience and enjoy a break from ordinary life.
I am joining a group as a helper, to support the sick or disabled people in our group with whatever care they need. Our group has up to ten sick or disabled "VIPs", two nurses, a chaplain and other helpers. We travel overnight and spend a week together in Lourdes, going to Mass, exploring Lourdes but also going out, shopping, day trips and more. We spend the whole trip together as a family, no time off, we look after each other 24/7.
Each person who travels usually has to pay £700 for the 9 day trip - that's for all travel, hotel, food and insurance. However Across subsidises all young helpers for half the cost of their fare. Even so, it actually costs Across close on £900 per person who travels, so they rely a lot on donations and fundraising to cover their costs and keep subsidising young helpers like me. Because of this, as well as the £350 I need to raise for my fare, I am hoping to raise a bit more for Across, which in turn might help another young person to travel in the future.
I've raised some money through a school bake sale - unfortunately I can't bake cakes for everyone I know! I hope you might still consider sponsoring me . With your help, I can help someone else enjoy a much-needed break - for many this is the only chance they get to go away, and for some it is their last trip. Thank you.
- 6 months ago
Emily Wanstall6 months ago
Thank you to everyone for all of your amazing support! I have just got back from my week in Lourdes and it was fantastic! I got to spend time helping a wonderful group of people who could not go on holiday by any other means. With your help I have exceeded my target of £500. However it actually costs around £900 per person to cover all Across' costs; the charity chooses to charge a competitive rate for people to travel and then relies on donations, so please keep giving if you can! The extra funds help sponsor another young person like me.
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Aug 25, 2017
Such a brilliant and courageous thing to do...good luck!
Aug 25, 2017
Best of luck Emilie - a great thing to do! Judith and John x
John and Gina Foden
Aug 14, 2017
Aug 10, 2017
I can't come but just make sure you give mum and Jon sheer HELL!!...like insisting Jon goes in the baths
Aug 9, 2017
Good luck, Emily.You will have a great time and perform a wonderful deed, giving your time and love to people who will really appreciate it.Lots of love.Mamy and Papy
Aug 7, 2017
Have an amazing trip.
Eric and Liz W
Aug 7, 2017
Have a great trip Emily xx
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Southampton, United Kingdom
I'm Emily Wanstall and I want to go to Lourdes because I feel it isn't really important to help people with serious illness and disabilities to experience such incredible opportunities the Across helps them achieve.
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