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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Cyclists raise cash for traumatised children
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¬†Two cyclists will brave the elements on a journey the entire length of the UK on Monday to raise money for a Children's Centre in Jerusalem which treats young people traumatised by war. In the aftermath of the most recent Israeli incursion the Spafford Children's Centre in the old city of Jerusalem is now in desperate need of funds to maintain its acclaimed work as a centre for children with learning difficulties and psychological problems. Founded in 1925 by the US evangelist Spafford family, the hospital has built an enviable reputation or its work within one of the world's warzones but it needs to expand and train more people to continue its work with children who are on the verge of serious psychological problems and possible nervous breakdowns as a result of what they have seen around them. According to Trevor Mostyn and James Howarth, who start their cycle from Land's End early on Monday 20 May, the hospital needs £65,000 per year for the next two years, to develop a new working programme, retain seven members of staff and train three more of outreach work in the West Bank. Trevor became involved in the UK end of the project when 25 year old Arabist James Howarth arrived at his door in London, seeking sponsorship and trying to raise £20,000 to for the hospital's work. "I have spent most of my life writing books on the Arab world," said the Academic who also worked for the UN in Palestine setting up media projects for some years. "This young man is a brilliant young Arabist and when he explained what he was doing I thought I should do something too." The two men went out and bought themselves sturdy ridgeback bikes for the 1,000 mile journey which they expect to take 12 to 13 days to complete. In between training for the marathon they have also managed to raise £8,000 towards their £20,000 target, keeping administration costs to a minimum and avoiding travel expenses by staying with friends on their way from Land's End to John O'Groats. Anyone who wishes to contribute to sponsor James or Trevor or contribute to their appeal can do so by writing a cheque to FSCC c/o James Howarth, Spafford Appeal, 2 Kildare Terrace, London W2 5LX. You can also ring your own bank and ask them to make a transfer to FSCC, Account Number 07266049 - Sort Code 60-30-03. If you opt for the second option please let the appeal know of your donation so they can keep up to date with what has been raised, by calling James on 07967201461 or emailing him at james@astartuition.co.uk. Prospective sponsors can also access further information about the Spafford Children's Center in Jerusalem on www.spafford-jerusalem.org
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