Raising Hope Foundation
A charity working with orphaned and vulnerable children in rural eastern Ghana, currently the town of Santrokofi. We seek to provide shelter, stability, access to health care and education and a hope for the future to children in the area. We are currently building an orphanage/ family centre to house 60 children, run a scholarship scheme supporting older youth in further education and are forming links with British schools to support local schools in Ghana.


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Kinza Mason

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On 29th May 2013 a team of 6 cyclists set off on a trip that would take them from Nordkapp, Norway, 450 miles deep in to the Arctic Circle, to Ghana, Africa, covering a total of 5000 miles in under 2.5 months. 

4 core members will complete the whole ride, Ashley Middlewick, Tom Smith, Michelle Cassell and Chris Thomas. Mark Watson has ridden many of the stages with the team and Kinza Mason (Chairwoman of RHF) cycled from Nordkapp to Stockholm (1260 miles) and will rejoin the team in Ghana for the final stage up to the Orphanage in August. 

So far the team have ridden through Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Gibraltar and are currently in Morocco. The boys are now taking on the additional challenge of cycling 1000 miles within the Sahara Desert to Dakhla, Western Sahara. After this point the countries become too dangerous and so the team will fly to Accra, Ghana. 

Once in Ghana the team are hoping to be joined by one of RHFs scholarship students, Jones Adzayao, and together they will cycle the 180 miles to Santrokofi. The trip will culminate with the cyclists joining with other volunteers to run a 2 week summer school and assist with building projects in the schools and orphanage. 

You can follow the teams progress here:

Facebook: Arctic 2 Africa

Michelles blog:

Tom and Chris's video blog:

Ashs blog:

Recent donors

16.12.13 Well done Tom! Great work.

24.10.13 Well done!

05.10.13 What a fantastic achievement Ashley and your friends. You've all put in so much effort and should be so proud of yourselves.

30.09.13 Well done Tom and we hope you achieve your goal.

30.09.13 Thank you to Jane&Malcolm,Robert&Wendy,Derek&Iris, Veronica&Paul,Bill,Sue&Maisie for their very kind donations at Sue's Surprise Party.

23.09.13 We are extremely grateful for the generosity from everyone who donated during Sue's birthday party yesterday. A big thank you to all.


20.09.13 Well done guys - a fantastic achievement!

23.08.13 Well done and be proud

21.08.13 well done Tom and friends!

16.08.13 Great job team! keep safe and by the grace of the almighty stay safe.


06.08.13 Your dedication and inspirational efforts are truly amazing! Best of luck with the final leg of your incredible journey!! Thinking of you all and the little people of Santrokofi. Have an amazing summer! xXx

04.08.13 Amazing thing to do - go Ashley! Good luck, Ruth & Neil x

02.08.13 Amaaaazing - and what fun - just loved your camel herding skills - oh to be there with you - if I was your age!!! Enjoy - you will never forget this experience and good luck with the final few weeks - they will be something else!

31.07.13 Well done guys - not too far to go now - keep pedalling!

29.07.13 What a wonderful thing you are doing - keep safe

29.07.13 Well done guys you are all doing great

29.07.13 well done tom ,looks like your having fun see you and your half a tan soon love anna & paul x

28.07.13 Proud of Michelle and others on the team! Their perseverance and commitment are exemplary...and for a good cause.

26.07.13 Not far to go now. Well done


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