As the nation prepares for festival season, a campout with a difference is coming to Lancing Beach Green, near Brighton. A space more used to fairs and family picnics will be transformed as disaster relief tents appear on the seaside green.
On 22-23 June, Brighton business Heritage Parts Centre will be hosting a 24-hour campout to raise funds and awareness for disaster relief charity ShelterBox.
Based in Cornwall, ShelterBox responds around the world. They provide emergency shelter and other essential aid items to support families fleeing natural disasters or conflict.
Most recently, ShelterBox has supported almost 2,000 Malawian families affected by the devastating floods of Cyclone Idai. And aid is on its way to the Idlib province in Syria, where 150,000 people have been displaced by terrifying government airstrikes.
The campout challenge
Heritage Parts Centre and ShelterBox are inviting people to form teams of four and sign up to the Campout. A ShelterBox tent will be each team’s home for 24 hours, as they take part in fun but challenging activities and learn about the experiences of families affected by disaster.
Registration of £25 per person covers everything teams need for the weekend, including a tent, food and drink. They will also pledge to raise at least £150 to support families with emergency shelter worldwide.
Campout hopefuls can find out more and sign up at www.shelterbox.org/campout
Andy Gregory, Community and PR Manager at Heritage Parts Centre, explained how the company came to support ShelterBox: ‘Our warehouse manager was in Thailand when the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami hit. It made headlines across the world, but seeing its devastation first-hand really hit home. We wanted to support communities there with the tools to get back on their feet.
‘We chose ShelterBox because they specialise. You hear a lot about charities who provide food or medicine, but ShelterBox focus solely on shelter and home essentials like water filters and mosquito nets.
‘Now we’re holding a campout to get more people in the area involved in ShelterBox. It’s a beautiful site looking right out to sea – so our campers will be rewarded for their efforts with some unbeatable views!’
Toluwa Oyeleye, ShelterBox Outreach Officer, said: ‘At least 85 million people are forced from their homes every year by natural disasters and conflict. Thanks to Heritage Parts Centre, this is a great opportunity for people in the South East to learn about ShelterBox, while raising money to give families a place to call home after disaster.
‘We hope everyone who comes along will have a fun weekend – but they’ll also be making a real difference to people who have lost so much.’
About the event
When: 2pm Saturday 22 – 2pm Sunday 23 June
Where: Lancing Beach Green, 119 Brighton Rd, Lancing. BN15 8HT
Register by: Monday 17 June – secure your place now!