The Acre Foundation

Freedom Trail

We are currently in the heart of our climb towards completing our fundraising goal! Can you help?

In 2016, Acre raised over £12,000.00 for four key charities close to the Acre Family.

We aim to beat last years fundraising by trekking the Freedom Trail through the Pyrenees and organising other fundraising events, which will be combined with individual initiatives. To make a donation, please visit Acre’s Just Giving page and keep up to date with our progress and events through our blog and social media sites.

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The Challenge

This is a beautiful, yet demanding four day trek in the Pyrenees, which will takes us from France over the high mountains into Spain. Our route was one of the toughest WW2 escape routes from occupied France. The trek is arduous and steep, taking us through spectacular scenery of cirques, rocky ridges, beech forests and mountain lakes and will be ranging from 13-19km per day!

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The Reason

We want to make a difference not only to the wider community, but to our own Acre community as well – ‘Charity begins at home’ as they say!

Josh’s Dad… died of Pancreatic Cancer, aged 42. His diagnosis was sudden and unexpected. Pancreatic Cancer is amongst the most aggressive and hardest to treat forms of cancer, with a survival rate of between 2% – 5% over the last 50 years. But there is hope! Pancreatic Cancer Action was founded by a survivor and the charity work tirelessly to support early detection and treatment, believing that a full recovery is possible.

Andy’s close friends lost their baby daughter Genevieve soon after birth. Today in the UK, 17 families will suffer the trauma of a stillbirth or neonatal death. 4Louis, a family run charity, support and help these families through the grieving process. They specialise in supplying hospitals with Cold Cots, a piece of equipment allowing parents to spend up to 72 hours with their baby after death, as well as memory boxes which help parents capture memories of their children.

Marie’s charity, MQ Mental Health are the first major charity funding much-needed scientific research to transform the lives of everyone affected by mental illness. Having been one of the 1 in 4 people affected by mental illness herself, this is a cause close to her heart. Their vision is to create a world where mental illness is understood, effectively treated, and ultimately prevented. Research into the underlying causes is hugely under-funded and prevention is as important as the cure. Marie is walking the Pyrenees to raise awareness so as society can identify the signs and help people everywhere to have the confidence to come forward sooner.

Operation Orphan is a charity chosen on behalf of everyone within Acre. Our original link is via our CEO’s school friend who 12 months ago had the idea of organising a 650 mile run throughout the UK and Sierra Leone to raise awareness much need funds to support a specific group of Ebola orphans. The Acre Foundation supported the run by providing the running kit. But Operation Orphan impacts the lives of orphans not just in Africa but across the globe, including the UK, and we want to continue our support.

Their goal is to improve the quality of life for orphans and vulnerable children in a holistic, culturally relevant and sustainable way – focused on the following ‘pillars’; sustainable development, education, healthcare, poverty relief and pyschosocial help.

The Team

The Acre team is always up for a challenge, so we decided to give them one they would never forget – something tougher than your usual corporate challenge and one that would allow us the opportunity to raise a large amount of money for a charity close to our hearts.

Eleven members of the Acre team are participating from all areas of the business. Driven by a diversity of motivations, we are excited where this adventure could take us and what we can achieve. The trekkers for this year are Andy, Georgie, Greg, Ian, Jack, Joel, Katy, Kendra, Marie, Owain, Ross and Tanith.

The Opportunity

Help support this opportunity to make a difference by donating what you can.

Additional Events

In June, we held our biggest and best event so far; Acre’s Annual Sustainable Wine Tasting event, which raised a whopping £3375, exceeding our target and last year’s achievement. Stay tuned for further events.

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