It has been 10 years since we lost our dear friends James Kouzaris and James Cooper and we have been determined not to let their tragic deaths be in vain. Over the last 10 years we, and our supporters, have organised a huge number of fundraisers and events: runs and bike rides, both local and global; tennis and football matches; bake sales and bowling - and a whole lot more.
Our goal from day one has been twofold: to prevent violent crime and to offer support to those who have been victims of it. We'd like to share with you some information about where your generosity of time and donations have gone, so that you can see just how much you've helped.
The two main charities we have supported are the Northampton Saints Foundation and Murdered Abroad.
The Northampton Saints Foundation uses the values of rugby, both on and off the pitch, to support young people. Teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship is used to inspire, support and educate young people and their communities. Their four core areas remain: education, heritage, fundraising and social inclusion. You can read more here. This case study about a 10-year-old girl desperately in need of support shows how far she has come since finding the Northampton Saints Foundation.
Murdered Abroad supports families and friends of the victims of murder and manslaughter abroad. Each year we help host a wellbeing conference for these families, partners and friends to come together to find guidance, friendship and support from their shared experiences. Alongside the speaker organised by MA, we help provide wellness practices such as yoga, head massages and life coach sessions, as well as accommodation and catering for the weekend.
We have collected testimonials from some of those who have attended these conferences.
“It was a wonderful weekend with ‘old’ friends who all feel like family now. I thought the group session on the Sunday felt more ‘uniting’ and it gave us a safe haven and protected time to truly reflect."
“Wonderful people and fantastic support as always.”
“Thank you so much. I think Murdered Abroad does an amazing job giving support to victims who have gone through such horrendous trauma that you would not receive anywhere else. It is such a specialised subject but Murdered Abroad truly understands.”
“If it wasn’t for the support and help from Murdered Abroad, I don’t know where we would be now. At least I had someone there to help us when we needed someone to talk to. A big thank you to Murdered Abroad for being there for us for nearly nine years, we owe you so much.”
“This meeting went very well and was very well organised (as usual). I am very grateful to everyone involved. It is hard work and is successful due to the kindness and true understanding of the needs of everyone who attends.”
Last year, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we raised over £6,000 during our Chasing the Sun virtual 24-hour relay. We had runners, cyclists, horse riders and more. Almost 300 of you participated and we were collectively active for 24 hours across 13 different countries. Donations from this were split between two charities we deemed to be of high importance, particularly during the pandemic: Women's Aid and Action Aid.
Other charities who have used our funding to support causes that align with our vision are below:
- Twenty Twenty - building positive self-esteem in teenage girls, helping them make positive choices in their
health, relationships and education
- Phoenix Youth Centre - a busy hub of youth activities allowing young people to explore different outlets and
- Right Resolution - supporting young people who are leaving the care system to help them to become
independent adults with a positive future
- Lifespace Trust - mentoring young people to reduce distress, build resilience and achieve more
- Realise Network - committed to building better futures by bringing people together, providing practical help
and provisions and helping tackle health inequalities
- Community Courtyard - delivering social education projects based around community engagement;
specifically targeting young people and ex-offenders and their families
- REAL - working with young offenders to build practical, social and emotional tools to help them get back in
school or into the workforce
Thank you all so much for your continued support and for all the effort and energy you put into Always A Chance, whether through organising, participating or donating. It means the world to us, but more to all those people we have been able to help.