Here is a new video which includes some photos from the walk – you can still sponsor Matt, here. Thank you to everyone that sponsored Matt – it is very much appreciated. Find out who he is raising the money for, here.
Author Archives: Matt Betts
Matt’s Walking from Winchester to Canterbury
I am walking 133 miles to raise money for three charities close to my heart:
Alzheimer’s Society – in memory of my Nan; Pancreatic Cancer UK – in memory of Fr. Kevin Alban, O.Carm – my boss between 2017 -2021 who died of pancreatic cancer last year; Unicef – appeal to protect children in Ukraine; and Tsavo Trust to protect the elephants.
Once my walk is completed, the Living by Giving Trust will send a 1/4 of what we have managed to raise to these three charities.
Some lovely friends will be joining me on the way – please watch out for updates.
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
After supporting many smaller projects during the pandemic of 2020/21, the Trustees met in April 2022 to discuss what we wanted to support this year. We will update our website as soon as possible with those projects, but they will include support for:
Ukraine; Glanfield Children’s Group and the Woodland Trust
In many ways, Captain Tom showed us all that charity begins at home, and by doing that, he became a hero to many of us.
Captain Sir Tom, who was given the honorary title of colonel on his 100th birthday, had initially set out to raise £1,000 for NHS charities by walking laps of the 82ft (25m) loop in his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire. But he eventually raised £32,794,701 from more than one and a half million supporters.
May he Rest in Peace – thank you Colonel Sir Tom!
The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has been a terrible time for so many people, so the trustees of the Living by Giving Trust decided to help in a small way: by donating a grant of £100 to charities or causes local to them. Though these are only small grants, they can mean a huge amount to local charities.
One of our founding trustees, Matt Betts lives in Bournemouth, Dorset and with the blessing of other trustees was able to donate £100 to three charities in the area: Macmillan Caring Locally, Questa Voce and the local foodbank. In these difficult times, all three local charities very much appreciated these donations.
Another trustee, Sarah Keaney was able to donate £100 to a local initiative in Enfield called ‘Love Your Doorstep’, which supports many people in the area in these difficult times of job losses and financial struggles. At the last count, the initiative had raised over £4,000!
Finally trustee, Sadie Vile was able to donate £200 to a local community charity in Hertfordshire. More details soon!
It’s thanks to you, our supporters, that we are able to do this – so thank you very much and please stay safe!
Naomi’s Nursing Elective
Hi I am Naomi and I am a 2nd year children’s nursing student at Edge Hill Uni. While at uni I work as a healthcare assistant and when home in my local parish cafe.
I am one of 4 girls and have been brought up in a family where we have been taught the importance of caring for others. From a young age as a family we have annually gone to Lourdes on pilgrimage, through seeing my parents work as helpers and then having the opportunity to be a helper myself I gained an insight into healthcare and realised this was my vocation.
Coming from a large family and babysitting family friend’s children regularly I decided that children’s nursing was the career path I wished to follow. My time on the course so far has just increased my drive to become a children’s nurse and has given me the opportunity to meet some amazing people along the way.
Outside of my course I am a coffee addict as well as having a love for Disney, books and cooking.
I am extremely grateful for any donation.
You can sponsor Naomi, here.
Stamps – Update
Thank you to all our supporters who have sent us stamps. We have been able to support a number of charities that use these stamps for raising much needed funds. So far, we have helped:
- RSPB: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
- MS Trust
- Carmelites in Zimbabwe
We would like to thank the National Shrine of Saint Jude for adding their stamps to the pot too. They receive a number of letters each day, and all these stamps are added to our pot.
Can you help?
The Living by Giving Trust has decided to collect used stamps and then send them on to a worthy charity every six months. Each time we will ask our loyal supporters to choose a charity to support, which will mean we can help two different charities a year and reach out to more people in a very simple way.
If would like to be involved, please simply send your used stamps to: Stamps, Carmelite Friars, PO Box 289, FAVERSHAM, Kent, ME13 3BZ. Please make sure that the paper around the stamp is cut as close as possible to it, so it’s not too heavy for you to send. Thank you.