Introducing Black Isle Group’s BIG Foundation

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The Black Isle team has always enjoyed taking on challenges to raise money for charity but 2017 has been a particularly giving year for the company.

 

At the beginning of this year, I completed 12 months of running marathons and ultra-marathons in aid of Aortic Dissection, in memory of my father-in-law Tim Fleming, who suddenly died in 2015 aged 69 from an aortic dissection. Having run an ache filled 5000 miles and raised over £5,000 for the charity, I was extremely proud and honoured to be awarded Fundraiser of the Year at the Sussex More award ceremony in April.

 

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Keith Fowler’s Radio Worthing award for fundraising for Aortic Dissection

 

And just this weekend, Richard Mayson, ran a double marathon in the Race To The King event carrying the weight of a small child on his back whilst dressed as a pink gorilla to raise money for two charities: Operation Orphan and the 1820 Foundation.

 

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Richard Mayson running for Operation Orphan and The 1820 Foundation

 

So, after many years of giving to worthwhile causes, the Black Isle Group has set up their own charity, the BIG Foundation.

 

In October 2016, Tim Richardson, BIG’s CEO, and his family volunteered for a community project in the Tsavo area of southern Kenya with a UK charity, the Camps Foundation. They were moved by their experiences and particularly struck by the motivation of the people they met to improve their lives through education. They returned to the UK determined to help.  As a result, they have set up the Black Isle Group (BIG) Foundation.

 

The BIG Foundation’s aim is to provide charitable support to a drought-stricken community in and around the Marungu Hills.

 

Tim says: “Whilst Kenya is a long way from home, what we saw there compelled me to do something to address the very real and life threatening challenges of climate, wildlife conflict and disease that exist there. In particular, the isolated community schools at Itinyi and Sasenyi are desperately in need of outside help.

 

In order to address an urgent need for classrooms, desks and water storage, we have immediately decided to donate a proportion of company revenues to the BIG Foundation every month.  Additionally, members of my team all over the world will be raising additional funds by seeking sponsorship for individual challenges or projects.”

 

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Building classrooms and desks in Itinyi and Sasenyi, Kenya, with the BIG Foundation and Camps Foundation

 

The BIG Challenge

 

On 5th August, Tim, his wife, Beth, and their two daughters, aged 8 and 10, will be attempting to climb Ben Nevis in the last leg of their “Three Peaks Challenge”. Their Scottish adventure follows a sunny route up Snowdon on the Rydd Dhu path in April and a challenging ascent of Scafell Pike in driving rain and “white out” conditions in June. The family’s efforts are helping Beth prepare for a trip next spring to climb Mount Kenya.

 

From 2018, as part of the fundraising effort, the Foundation will organise an annual BIG Challenge and invite company directors and staff, suppliers and clients to join together to raise funds for the charity and then travel to Africa to work on the projects.

 

If you would like to be involved please email foundation@blackislegroup.com for more information.

 

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Building desks in Itinyi and Sasenyi, Kenya, with the BIG Foundation and Camps Foundation

 

If you would like to help us and give to a very worthwhile cause please click here: https://www.justgiving.com/Tim-Richardson6

 

We guarantee that 100% of the money donated will be spent on locally sourced materials in Kenya to support our selected projects.  This is because all manpower and administration is supplied by our fantastic charitable partner, Camps Foundation, who also underwrite all projects.

 

Your support will literally save lives and help families build a more secure sustainable future.

 

Thank you very much for your support!