Westfield Health completes charity abseil to help end poverty in Kenya

Jonjo Hancock-Fell with daughter, Josie

A team from leading health and wellbeing provider Westfield Health recently completed a charity abseil to raise money for Raising Futures, a charity helping to end poverty in Kenya.

Four team members completed the abseil down the 160ft Owen Building, which is part of Sheffield Hallam University, and raised £437.50 in total.

Westfield Health has donated over £15m to the NHS and health and wellbeing charities since 1996. By supporting Raising Futures, Westfield Health hopes to reach out to more people in need. All proceeds raised will be used to help create opportunities for vulnerable children and young people in Kenya to break the cycle of poverty.

One in five young people in Kenya are unemployed, which can encourage criminal activity, prostitution and extreme poverty. Raising Futures recognises the potential in these people and provides them with vocational training in a range of areas, so they can support themselves and their families.

Westfield Health chairman Graham Moore, said: “Unemployment and poverty have a huge impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of people, not just in the UK but globally. This can impact young people even more severely, especially when they have no control over employment opportunities or the poverty cycle.

“We’re really proud to support Raising Futures which is carrying out important work in changing lives, and we hope that our small effort provides an important contribution towards achieving their goal.”

Vic Hancock-Fell, UK director of Raising Futures, said: “We are delighted that respected organisations such as Westfield Health are coming forward and supporting us.

“Their contribution will not only help us support more people in Kenya, but hopefully encourage others to fundraise and help change lives. We also hope that working with Sheffield-based organisations like Westfield Health will help to raise awareness in Sheffield of our mission and goals.”

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