Level Trust November Newsletter

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Welcome to the November Level Trust newsletter. Last time, we shared lots of facts and figures about our impact. This time, we thought we’d tell the story of one of the children who took part in our SMASH summer school. Read on to find out how you can help us to support more children like her.

Destiny* lives with her brother and mum but not her dad, because he’s in prison. At school, she likes maths but she doesn’t like it when other children are mean. She told us, “I only have friends because of my mum’s friends’ children.” Even though she was looking forward to making friends during SMASH, she was also nervous about it.

Her school family worker, Maxine*, said, “Destiny has low self-esteem. She’s quite a sad child and struggles socially. But she’s so sporty! That’s why I wanted her to do the multi-sports week – I knew she’d be amazing.” Maxine hoped SMASH would boost Destiny’s confidence.

Over the week, it did. As Destiny grew in confidence, she tried new things and enjoyed spending time with the volunteers. Developing healthy relationships with adults really boosted her self-confidence and her parting comments show why: “I want to tell you that you’ve helped me a lot. Before I came here I was sad because I miss my dad, but now you’ve made me happy.”

*Not their real names.

Vote for Level Trust!

We’ve been shortlisted to get funding from the Aviva Community Fund and we need your help to win it. Please vote for us and encourage everyone you know to do the same thing before 20th November.

It only takes a couple of minutes to register (you just need to provide your name and email address, and can opt out of receiving any marketing from Aviva) and then you can use your 10 votes to support our Uniform Exchange. Simple!

 

 

 

 

Sign up for our 2019 fundraising challenge

Our sponsored trek along Dorset’s beautiful and dramatic Jurassic Coast is proving popular already, so book your place now.

When? Travel down on Friday 5th April for a slap-up meal and a good sleep, then get up bright and early for a full day of trekking on Saturday 6th April.
What? We’ll walk 30 kilometres in 1 day along the South West Coast Path. While the distance alone would make this a tough challenge, the nature of the undulating terrain will have you ascending over 1700m (greater than climbing to the summit of Ben Nevis!) along the dramatic coastline of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Not sure you’re up to 30km? Don’t worry, there’s a half-way option if you don’t want to do the whole trek.

 

Introducing our marathon champion

We were spoilt for choice when it came to deciding who should run the London Marathon 2019 for Level Trust and we’d like to thank everyone who applied. We’re very pleased to announce that we have picked Robbie Kerr to be our runner. Robbie is an experienced runner, having completed 2 marathons with times of 2:50 and 2:52. As if this wasn’t impressive enough, he’s also done several ultra-running challenges, including the Thames Ultra, the Windsor Ultra, London Inner Circle, and the particularly gruelling Marathon de Sables.

Robbie says, “I’m running for Level Trust because the smallest support can make a real difference, which inspires me and drives me forward – every pound raised actually will be used to make tangible difference.” You can sponsor Robbie now.

Today, we’d like to highlight our current major funders:

 

Level Trust is now a CIO

We’ve recently changed our legal status to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). This means we have a new charity number: 1178223. Don’t worry, though – we’re the same charity that we have always been, working towards the same aims in the same way.

We have a new bank account to go with our new charity number. We’re now with Metro Bank: account number 29850844; sort code 23-05-80.

support. Email Husna.rasul@leveltrust.org for more information.

Thank you

Our work would be impossible without the support we get from funding bodies, businesses, community groups and individuals. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who donates, volunteers and champions our work. We value each and every one of you – your contribution, no matter how big or small, means a huge amount to us.

We’re looking for volunteers who can help run the Uniform Exchange, which is open 12-4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9am-1pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. No experience or special skills necessary – we’ll provide full training and support. Email Husna.rasul@leveltrust.org for more information.

 

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