15 year old twins, Callum and Freya Roberts, have climbed two of Britain’s highest peaks, Scafell Pike and Snowdon to raise money for Amigos, a Barnstaple based charity who support Ugandans to work their way out of poverty with dignity.

The hike up Scafell Pike took 9 hours to complete and the climb up Snowdon took 6 hours. The Snowdon ascent was far more challenging as they undertook it barefoot!

Freya said “The Snowdon walk was painful and we have a few bruises on our feet. It was a relief to put our boots on at the summit before the long climb down”

Callum said “We prepared for the challenge by walking barefoot on Exmoor and we applied surgical spirit to our feet for 2 weeks before the climb. We didn’t realise how difficult it would be as the ground was very rough but we are really glad we did it”           `

The twins are students at Pilton Community College and they will be visiting Uganda in October as part of a charitable school trip. They have visited Uganda when they were 10 years old with their parents when they went to meet their Amigos sponsored child and his family. They are looking forward to seeing them again as well as meeting and working alongside students at the Kira Farm Training Centre.

“We have been saving up for ages to pay for the cost of the trip ourselves. We have done this by saving our pocket money, Saturday and holiday job wages, Christmas and birthday money and we have sold lots of our old possessions”

Family and friends have sponsored them to climb the mountains and they have managed to raise £1549 which will go directly to Amigos for the great work that they do. They are still collecting donations on their Virgin money giving page:  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/callumandfreya4amigosKids climb Mount Snowdon

Capstone foster carer, Jules, has been carrying out some fantastic voluntary work with her friend Jon Webb in the local community to raise awareness of Dementia. They have become involved in a charity called The Purple Angel Campaign.

Jon’s wife suffers from Dementia, formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at just 55, but having shown signs for a few years prior to this and with Jules being not just a friend to Carrie but someone who is understanding Dementia more and more, and taking Carrie out for trips to provide Jon some respite they realised the importance of people in shops, café’s and so on, they both realised that with a lack of understanding those with Dementia can be treated inappropriately, and of course shouldn’t be.

Jules and Jon have been visiting all the businesses in Westward Ho to promote The Purple Angel Campaign, with a 100% take up. Thanks to their work, Westward Ho is now the first fully dementia aware village in the UK!

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Norman presenting Jules with the Purple Award for supporting those living with Dementia

The Purple Angel Campaign was started by Noman McNamara, what an inspirational man. Although a sufferer of Dementia himself, Norms, as he like to be known, lectures on Dementia, as well as coping with life himself.

If you would like to get involved with this Charity please visit http://www.purpleangel-global.com

Here is a quote from Jules:-

“As a Purple Angel Ambassador for Westward Ho! I realise how rewarding it is, knowing I am making a difference to some of the 850,000 dementia sufferers in the UK, especially as it affects not just the elderly as is often thought”.

Jena is a child supported by Capstone and she has shared the below update about her work experience placement at  Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum.

Jena PhotoI attended my work experience at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (The RAAM) and it was an incredible opportunity that I was extremely grateful to be a part of. The week consisted of an arrangement of activities, trips and jobs to do which included having a tour around the museum, Exeter’s Historical Guildhall, and Cathedral and the RAMM’s ARK where they store thousands of preserved artefacts in their collection. Even though we did a lot of fun and exciting tasks, we also participated in an arrangement of more time consuming and ‘realistic’ jobs that we would undergo as staff such as doing the post run, writing a report about what events would be suitable and engaging for teenagers, copying data onto a computer and waiting at the door to welcome visitors for long durations.

These activities and tasks enabled us to have as fun an experience as we could whilst also giving us an insight on how the work force operates and the time consuming tasks necessary for these so as to not sugar-coat the work done in the Museum. This experience has encouraged me to consider a career in something like conservation, archaeology, specialise in the study of an era, or simply to work through museums alone. I have also established the desire to become a casual at the RAMM, where I would work at the museum through volunteering and could work on days that suit me best. This option is accessible to me at the age of 18 and the freedom of choosing when I work would give me the flexibility to balance my voluntary work with college and a part-time payed job, also.

By Jena Button (15)

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