To support a truly amazing charity, XLP and also to challenge myself, I signed up to be a part of the team from Workspace that will be rafting 100km (!!!) down the Tara river and also climbing Bosnia's highest mountain, Mount Maglic this September. I'm excited, however really nervous too - it will be a tough four days and I've never done anything like this before!
*Please note Workspace will fund the trip, therefore all your kind donations will go straight to the charity*
I really hope that you will support XLP's work through my fundraising page. No amount is too small.
XLP is about creating positive futures for young people growing up on deprived inner city estates, struggling with issues such as family breakdown, poverty, unemployment and educational failure, and living in areas that experience high levels of anti-social behaviour, criminality and gang activity. Every year XLP helps thousands of them recognise their full potential through different projects including mentoring, educational support, arts programmes and advocating for children and young people at a national level.
"We need enforcement but we've got to have alongside intervention that tackles the root causes of gang culture. Tackling the issue is tough and it is a long haul and it may take a generation but we need to look at breaking the cycle. I refuse to believe it's a lost generation" - Patrick Regan, CEO of XLP
Evening Standard's article about XLP https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/patrick-regan-if-we-stop-just-one-knife-crime-death-our-work-will-be-worth-it-a3200896.html
Watch Patrick's interview with BBC
Also, for more information and to take a look at some inspiring stories, please visit their website: www.xlp.org.uk