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Meet Some of Our Supporters

As an independent charity we are reliant upon fundraising and donations to allow us to provide our services and meet our running costs. We are extremely grateful to our wonderful supporters who have undertaken a whole range of activities in order to raise funds for us.  Here are some of their inspiring stories.  Pictured above are participants in the annual Pillars to Plough sponsored walk run by one of the Olive Tree's staunchest supporters, the Ifield Chestnut House appeal who are based at the Plough Inn in Ifield.

Ingrid and Hannah scale the heights for the Olive Tree

Hannah Wilson and Ingrid Gibbens successfully completed a sponsored climb to the summit of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the UK, to raise funds for the Olive Tree.  The intrepid pair are pictured above at the summit before the long walk down again. 

The following day Ingrid and Hannah parted company as Hannah returned home and Ingrid set off to conquer Snowdon and Scafell Pike, respectively the highest peaks in Wales and England, to complete the 3-Peaks Challenge.   Despite the long drives between the mountains and the strenuous ascents and descents, Ingrid managed to complete the Challenge.

Both Hannah and Ingrid said that the whole experience was really enjoyable and they have both raised well over £1000 for the Olive Tree - what a tremendous achievement!

If you have been inspired by Hannah and Ingrid, would you like to take part in a Ben Nevis Challlenge?  If so, the next Olive Tree Ben Nevis Challenge will take place from 23rd - 25th May 2015 - plenty of time to get fit and raise sponsorship!  (insert link)

Faye's Spartan Run

Faye Rabson decided to undertake a daunting Spartan Run in order to raise funds for the Olive Tree.  The challenge took place on a very muddy 13km assault course with 21 obstacles along the way to complete.  Anyone who failed an obstacle had do 30 burpees as a forfeit!  Faye is pictured above with the rest of her team.  Commenting after the challenge, during which she and her team raised £1000, Faye said: "My mum Carol had great pleasure attending the Olive Tree regularly, so to raise this money for them meant a lot to us all".

Great Fundraising Efforts by Local Youngsters

Not everyone needs to undertake demanding physical challenges in order to raise funds for the Olive Tree, there are plenty of other ways of doing so as two young lads, Leon x and Ben, have demonstrated recently.

Leon raised a wonderful £180 by tapping into the current craze for loom bands.  Leon made bracelets from loom bands and sold them to family, friends and Olive Tree members.   Leon is pictured with is Grandma, Karen, an Olive Tree member and Marilyn Drury, the Olive Tree Centre Manager.

10 year old Ben came up with a novel idea to raise funds for the Olive Tree; collecting a complete album of Panini World Cup stickers and auctioning it off. By using Facebook and other social media platforms Ben appealed for people to send him their duplicate stickers. The response was huge and Ben ended up with 600 stickers! In addition to completing the sticker album, Ben also wrote to numerous football teams asking them for memorabilia and had positive responses from Arsenal, Manchester United and Crawley Town. We will know shortly how much Ben's efforts raised.

Ben is pictured above in a photo by Kevin Shaw, courtesy of the Crawley News.

Local Teenagers Donate Their Time to the Olive Tree

Being a supporter of the Olive Tree is not just about raising funds.  We are also very grateful to the many people who contribute their time by volunteering, whether that be on a regular basis as a therapist, a trustee or manning the front desk or taking part in a one-off event. 

As part of National Citizen Service month a group of local 16 and 17 year olds recently visited the Olive Tree to build a water feature in the garden and create an outdoor wall hanging. The water feature adds an area of additional tranquility to the Olive Tree Garden and the wall hanging provides a lasting reminder of the generosity of the teenagers with its hand-prints of those who created it!  Some of the group are pictured above in a photo by Kevin Shaw, courtesy of the Crawley News.

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West Sussex RH11 7DH

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