Every month, we throw our weight behind a different organisation/individual that is actively helping to make a positive change in the world and enhance cohesion in their own community. These are our 'Calls to Action', and focus on a range of societal ills, from homelessness to mental illness, to wildlife rescue.
If you would like to suggest a charity, cause or individual you believe would benefit from our attention, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month, we organised a pub quiz at the Queen Vic in Rottingdean to raise money for Kemptown's own DogsTrust team. We managed to raise £90 on the night from donations alone, an extra £35 from a donation tin installed in the local Tesco store, and sold several A3 prints of the design from the poster, so that altogether we raised about £175!
This month, we partnered with Chris, one of the managers of the local Tesco store in Rottingdean, who got in touch with us after hearing about our 'Calls to Action' and suggested we band together to support Mind in Brighton & Hove, a mental health charity that "seeks to empower people to lead a full life as part of their local community".
We helped put Chris in touch with the team at Mind, and he raised an incredible £265 from collection tins within the store!
This month, we decided to focus our attention on a single person, a young man named Liam who had been sleeping rough in the Newhaven area since mid-April. We've attended several meetings with Lewes District Council on Liam's behalf, contacted numerous MPs and fired off several dozen emails to ensure that Liam gets all the support he deserves, and has somebody alongside him every step of the way, helping him to navigate the byzantine world of applying for emergency accommodation.
This month, we've been raising money for Brighton's very own StreetVet, a local charity which provide medical aid to stray and homeless pets. Check out their page here if you aren't familiar with them:
As well as their weekly outreach station at the Clock Tower every Sunday afternoon alongside Sussex Homeless Support, this team of over a dozen vets and nurses also work with hostels around the Brighton area to help "facilitate their inclusion of homeless people with pets".
To help raise awareness of their excellent work, the Schweitzer Institute organised a benefit concert for StreetVet at The Brunswick Live in Hove. The event raised over £100 and all the proceeds raised on the night went directly to the Brighton team.
This International Women’s Day, we celebrated the life of Helene Bresslau Schweitzer (1879-1957), one of the first female students at the University of Strasbourg and co-founder of the Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene.
Although her reputation is much less well-documented than her husband of 45 years, Helene was trained in medicine and nursing long before Albert, and was alongside him from the very start in Africa. She was also equally responsible for the establishing and running of the hospital in Lambarene, where she worked as a nurse, looked after the serious cases, oversaw the laundry and bandages, worked in the dispensary, and sterilized surgical instruments.
“Helene Schweitzer was a brilliant, cultivated young woman who had already made her mark in social work and public health before she married Albert in 1912… In fact, Albert Schweitzer as he was known to the world would probably not have existed without Helene’s lifelong devotion.” (Patti Marxsen, author of biography Helene Schweitzer: A Life of Her Own.)
This month, we've been raising money for Sussex Homeless Support (SHS), a local charity staffed entirely by volunteers.
As well as their weekly Street Kitchen at the Clock Tower every Sunday afternoon, SHS also run a night shelter bus for all those in need. Sadly, the bus suffered a fire in late January and the team have been working hard to get it up and running again.
We were able to raise £66.17 from public donations for the repairs, and managed to match this with an extra 50% ourselves in order to bring figures up to £100.
This month, we’ve been out showing our support for the #YouthStrike4Climate march in Brighton and throughout the rest of the UK. Impossible not to feel inspired talking to so many young, politically-aware and engaged students, all of whom clearly recognise the desperate need for immediate action and change.
As one of the speakers succinctly put it, “We are not missing school because we don’t care about our education. We value an education that addresses our current crisis.”