Jae Hopkins


Baraka Community Partnerships
Baraka Community Partnerhsips is a young, vibrant and small Surrey based Charity set up by a group of friends in 2008. Our focus is to assist those in small, impoverished communities in the Developing world to enable those communities to achieve their basic goals to make fundamental improvements to their lives. Whether these goals are educational, medical, environmental or economic, we are there to help. We operate in Zambia, Morocco, India and Laos and 100% of any donations that we receive go towards our projects. Check out our website at: www.barakacommunity.com
Friends Of Conservation
Friends of Conservation (FOC) is a UK registered charity with more than 25 years conservation experience in the field, aiming to protect wildlife at risk from threats including poaching and loss of habitat. We work closely with rural communities living near Kenya’s renowned ‘Masai Mara’ Reserve offering practical support. We encourage conservation education in schools; advocate the use of renewable fuels such as biogas to help conserve precious forest habitat and organise workshops to support women’s groups with business skills and help raise awareness of HIV/Aids and other health issues. In addition to our own operations, FOC works with partners in other African countries, including Tanzania and Namibia, as well as in Asia and South and Central America. Our range of activities include: Wildlife and habitat protection Environmental programmes providing education, health and other benefits to local communities in developing countries Anti-poaching campaigns Wildlife monitoring Human / wildlife conflict management Fuel efficiency and reforestation Carbon-reduction projects Promoting sustainable tourism
Catching Lives
Catching Lives is an independent charity aimed at supporting the rough sleepers, homeless and vulnerably housed in Canterbury and East Kent; those who have, for many reasons, fallen through the gaps in society and feel they have nowhere else to turn. Our vision is of a society where all are included and all, no matter how disadvantaged, can make a contribution. Catching Lives works towards ending the harm caused to individuals, families and the community, by homelessness, rough sleeping and insecure housing. We do this by offering immediate respite at our Canterbury Open Centre: working with our clients to help them to tackle their issues, access accommodation and find the motivation to take steps towards personal recovery and independent living.
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Three Generation Kilimanjaro Challenge

Jae Hopkins

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/3GKiliClimb

We’re a grandma, a mum and a son who have decided to take on the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro. We’re not mountaineers, and have never been to Tanzania, but the idea came up and, once the seed was planted, it started to grow. We're hoping to raise £5,895 for our charities - the top of Mount Kilimanjaro is 5,895 metres above sea level, so it seems like an appropriate number! Keep up to date with our progress at www.3GKiliClimb.com

Sheila laughingSheila (68) was born in Hawick but has lived in Canterbury for over 40 years. She’s a retired solicitor with five grandchildren. She’s married to Stewart, a retired university lecturer whom she met at school. Sheila is a regular volunteer at Catching Lives.
Likes: Sewing, walking, Scrabble, scrumping and laughter
Dislikes: Helicopters, mean-spiritedness and toucans

Oscar Oscar smile in car(13) goes to Aylesbury Grammar School and plays football at weekends. He enjoys traveling and seeing new things. He’s particularly keen on interesting buildings, so really liked Barcelona. He has two little brothers whom he loves, but they sometimes drive him to distraction.
Likes: Football, squash, computer games, his tiger (Rah), Biscuit Boosts and mango smoothies
Dislikes: The X-Factor, Marmite, homework and early mornings.

Jae & Oscar 5k runJae (43) is a working mum of three boys. She is married to David who gave up work to become a home dad when their third son was born.
Likes: Cheese, salsa, badminton, fizz, fiction and watching her boys play footie
Dislikes: Pessimism, marshmallows, Malibu and velour.

When Jae came home from work one day and was telling Oscar about the fact that Exodus were about to start allowing teenagers to climb Kilimanjaro with their parents, he pointed out that he would soon be a teenager and asked if she thought he would be able to climb such a big mountain. A few “you can do anything you put your mind to Darling” platitudes later, and Jae was texting her mum to see whether she’d be up for it.

We’ve found a couple of examples of grandpas and dads who’ve climbed Kili in a three generation adventure before, but haven’t yet come across another granny who has climbed it with her child and grandchild. Maybe we’ll manage a first!

We’re hoping that people will be interested in following our story and maybe sponsoring us too. Half of what we raise will go to Catching Lives – the homelessness charity in Kent that Sheila volunteers with. The other half will be split between various Exodus projects around the world, including a quarter of the total going to a Tanzania Porters School that teaches useful skills to both male and female porters.

We plan to leave the UK on the 19th of August 2015, and hope to summit Kili around a week later. Cross your fingers for us please!

We are being supported on this challenge by Jae’s employer –Exodus Travels. Exodus have been taking people to Kilimanjaro for many years but August 2015 will be the first family departure, allowing children aged 13 and older to attempt the climb with their parents. Exodus has been offering adventure tours around the world for over 40 years (click here to see a BBC programme of an Exodus overland tour from 1975), and currently runs over 450 trips to over 90 countries.

Catching Lives logoCatching Lives will get half of the money we hope to make through sponsorship. It is the charity in Kent that Sheila volunteers with. Catching Lives is an independent charity aimed at supporting the rough sleepers, homeless and vulnerably housed in Canterbury and East Kent; those who have, for many reasons, fallen through the gaps in society and feel they have nowhere else to turn.

Exodus is committed to responsible travel, which includes supporting projects in communities it visits around the world. The other 50% of the sponsorship total will be split between Baraka Friends of Conservation – both of which run projects that Exodus supports. Click here to find out more about the projects.

Recent donors

01.11.15 Well done


26.09.15 One of the Grannies at Dolls House Club



11.09.15 Sorry you didn't make it Sheila but you have been wonderful example to us all. Good luck with your next challenge.

07.09.15 To our three fantastic intrepid travellers. Lover from roger and lesley payne

07.09.15 Congratulations to you all for all you each have done.A great achievement


02.09.15 Well done Jae! Can't wait to hear all about it xx

02.09.15 Well done Jae! Better late than never, eh?

01.09.15 Great fundraising!

30.08.15 well done

26.08.15 Well done you three! Love Sean, Sue, Joe, Tom & Will xxx


22.08.15 I have loved your blog, thank you, wish you lots of luck in your amazing and inspiring challenge!

19.08.15 Good luck Sheila, Jae and Oscar - hope you enjoy this amazing challenge and well done for raising so much money for charity at the same time :-) xxx

19.08.15 Good luck and enjoy every minute - very jealous, would love to be going back.


19.08.15 very best wishes to you all. I hope you enjoy this once in a lifetime adventure for fantastic causes. xx

18.08.15 Good luck Jae, Oscar and Sheila! What an amazing thing to do :-) xx

18.08.15 Good luck guys - from The Slades xxx

18.08.15 As always, I will be following your every step!

18.08.15 What will you be up to next?

18.08.15 You're the bravest bunch I know - good luck xxxx


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