Newsreader Bev’s trip to raise cash for kids


Local celebrity and former BBC newsreader Beverley Thompson is appealing to the Eastbourne public to help her raise cash to build a school in Uganda.

Beverley, the face of the BBC South East news programme until 2011, is part of a team going on a trek to Mount Elgon to raise the much needed funds to build a school in Uganda for the charity Fields of Life, which works in Africa to relieve the poverty, pain and suffering of thousands of children.

Last year Beverley joined a fact finding mission to Uganda to see at first hand what the team is doing to help the children of this developing country.

She said, “Children in Uganda face a daily battle against grinding poverty, a lack of protection, disease, malnutrition and desperate living conditions.

“It’s hard to imagine in 2013 but a quarter of the population does not have access to clean water, a quarter of all children suffer stunted growth due to malnutrition, malaria and diarrhoea are major killers and HIV/AIDS has created more than a million orphans. Fields of Life provides the practical means to change young lives with education, health provision and access to food and clean water.

“We visited schools and orphanages giving hope to young people whose lives have been blighted by conditions and events that are out of their control and not of their making.”

In June of this year Beverley and fellow fundraiser Roy Dowling will be embarking on a trek to the top of Mount Elgon on the Ugandan/Kenyan border. At 14,177ft it is one of the highest peaks in Africa. The extinct volcano is not on the tourist trail and will present huge challenges to the team. However, the rewards are huge.

The team is aiming to raise enough money in sponsorship to build a school, to be run by Fields of Life, changing the lives of hundreds of youngsters.

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