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Andy Green

Andy Green

I'm Andy Green - co-founder of Counting Hope and founder of Lyke Limited and I'm passionate about volunteering, charity work, and social action. I have cerebral palsy and type one diabetes, but I don't let that stop me! Having raised over £1,000 for various charities, volunteered for hundreds of hours, won multiple awards and worked with many clients for my age, I like to think I have a lot experience and enough to know anything is possible, but enough to also know that I have so much to learn.

Andy Green

Andy Green

I'm Andy Green - co-founder of Counting Hope and founder of Lyke Limited and I'm passionate about volunteering, charity work, and social action. I have cerebral palsy and type one diabetes, but I don't let that stop me! Having raised over £1,000 for various charities, volunteered for hundreds of hours, won multiple awards and worked with many clients for my age, I like to think I have a lot experience and enough to know anything is possible, but enough to also know that I have so much to learn.

Donation from the Pelham Pillar Lodge of Freemasons

photo-08-10-2016-09-40-09On Wednesday 5 October 2016, I received a message from worshipful brother Roger Dixon of the Pelham Pillar Lodge asking to meet. Unknown to me, this was so that he could present me with a £500 cheque on behalf of the Lodge as a donation towards our current target of raising money for a kitchen at the kindergarten we work with. They said: “recognition of the excellent work by Counting Hope supporting local young people to make a great difference to the lives of school children in Cape Verde and along the way learning leadership and life skills themselves.

It is in recognition of the excellent work by Counting Hope supporting local young people to make a great difference to the lives of school children in Cape Verde and along the way learning leadership and life skills themselves. We hope it will go some way to achieving your latest project to build a kitchen in the school at Sal to enable free school meals to be provided, an excellent and very worthwhile aim.

The £500 is part of over £70,000m recently donated across Lincolnshire to local charities and good causes by Lincolnshire Freemasons. We are very grateful for this extremely generous donation and have no doubts that it will make a tremendous impact on the lives of children in Sal Island.

Thank you for all of us at Counting Hope! Be sure to check out our support us page to see how you can make a difference too.

Let’s start Counting Hope…

Andy

Charity stall at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital!

Hello everyone!

I’m excited to announce that during this Volunteers’ Week we have the charity stall at the Diana, Princess Of Wales hospital in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire!

To be precise, we’ll be there from 9 AM on 6 June. We’ll also be there the following week, 13 June, again from 9 AM until the early evening. You’ll find us down the main entrance, adjacent to the cafe – don’t worry, we’ll make sure you can’t miss us.

Hospitals aren’t the nicest place to be for anyone but come and see us and we’ll do our best to brighten up your day and provide you with some inspiration. Our goal is empowering people in Cabo Verde as well as North East Lincolnshire! As much as we hope all is well, we look forward to seeing you there!

We have so much to tell you about and so much for you to buy from gifts straight from Cabo Verde to books and computer equipment, and of course every single penny goes back to Cabo Verde! Why not talk to us about volunteering too? It is Volunteers’ Week after all.

If you’d like to volunteer with us at these events please call +44 7762 026530 or email info@countinghope.org as soon as possible.

See you soon!

Volunteering is life changing

If you don’t already know, today makes the start of Volunteers’ Week – an annual celebration of the absolutely amazing work that volunteers do all over the country, and indeed in the case of Counting Hope, globally! Of course, I hope that anybody volunteering with Counting Hope will feel rewarded all year round and have reason to celebrate all the time, but I wanted to kick off 12 very special days of celebration. As an organisation that is still trying to find its feet, it would be silly to miss an opportunity to use #volunteersweek.
Before you say it, my best bet is that “12 days of volunteering” would infringe the copyright on “12 days of Christmas”… Not really, you can read all about it at www.volunteersweek.org!

Anyways, why do I volunteer? There are quite a few reasons really, but I think the main one is probably the feeling I get from volunteering. There’s absolutely nothing quite like it, certainly not that money can buy, and it is what keeps me coming back for me. It’s fairly difficult for me to come to close describing this feeling, it’s something you have to experience first-hand, but just think for a second…
Through volunteering anyone and everyone can make a positive impact of somebody’s life, for free! That impact can be as small as putting a smile on a person’s face, or as large as saving a person’s life, but it all matters. The truth is, both people could be equally as grateful, or indeed putting a smile on that person’s face could have saved their life. One of my favourite quotes goes “everyone is born to be different, and that’s the one thing that makes us the same” and only when you start volunteering do you realise just how true that is.

Some say superheroes only exist in movies, but I argue that the superheroes of real life are the truly selfless volunteers in society that make a long lasting impression on those they help! As I’ve said, you can never know who will be grateful for your actions as a volunteer, it’s not out of the question that they live in the house next you! So that begs the question of Cabo Verde.
The answer is probably not as glorious as you expected – it’s “why not?”. I have always wanted to be able to make an impact internationally and the first time I went to Sal Island I fell in love with the country, the people and the culture. I saw some of the most deserving people with the drive to one day be in the position to help others but the inability to get there, and that’s the same drive I have – the only difference is that I consider I am in a position to help people. Having been through the UK education system and supported all of my life, I don’t think there is anything much more important! And yes, there may be people all over the word that are equally as deserving but every organisation needs a starting point and volunteering is all about having a passion, which comes from the heart, and the people of Cabo Verde have my heart!

Of course though, I do also support other causes and organisations such as WEDay, Diana Award, Cancer Research and JDRF, but ultimately I support empowerment in any shape or form that may come in.

Have you considered being a superhero? J

Let’s start Counting Hope

Hi everyone,

First, let me introduce myself. My name is Andy Green and with my family I started Counting Hope. Of course, it hasn’t quite been that simple and we’ve had a lot of help along the way from organisations like Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire and Franklin College, as well as our wonderful committee members. At the time of writing this I’m 18 years old (19 in just over two month) and I have cerebral palsy and type one diabetes. Software and web development is my main field, but over the past few years I’ve gained considerable experience in the third sector; helping to raise over £1,000 for various charity and putting in at least 200 of volunteer hours for various causes.

Anyway, enough about me. Counting Hope isn’t about any single person in anyway. It’s about people coming together to give something that they have, tangible or not, to people who struggle. Importantly though, it isn’t our aim to provide people with everything they need for forever more – our aim is to stop people from relaying on others, becoming independent and self-sufficient. I want to hear the people we help tell us that they have appreciated our but they don’t our help anymore.

The best way that we have all identified to do this is through education. That is, ensuring that the people we work with have the knowledge to succeed in life, help themselves and avoid deterioration of circumstances in the future which can be done in many ways. To be completely honest, we are still figuring out all the ways that this can be done and I’m not sure there even is an exhaustive list but examples include: providing educational resources to teach basic skills like maths, ensuring access to drinking water and food which is vital in order to be able to learn, teaching things like land, farming and animal care, introducing new technologies, and even providing toys so that children can have a good quality of life… because it can’t be all work and no play.

So, in a very brief overview, that is what Counting Hope is all about and my logic behind starting the charity (that isn’t legally a charity yet but soon will be – I’ll blog about that). Of course, Counting Hope is still taking shape and finding its feet. Less than a year ago the plan was simply to take pens and pencils out to Sal Island in Cabo Verde on our next family holiday, but after a short conversation that turned into a mission. A mission to see if it would be possible to launch a full scale project to see the people of Sal Island receive a good education and rely less on tourism, a mission which I concluded was possible. From there, we could make connections, fundraise and have committee meetings to decide exactly how Counting Hope will make that difference! And that’s what we are doing now.

Let’s start Counting Hope so that the people of Cabo Verde can start Counting Hope of a better life in which they don’t have to depend on anyone else. A life that they deserve. Personally though, I don’t want to forget the amazing people here in the UK that are involved either and I want to empower anyone associated whether that by directly or by providing invaluable and unforgettable opportunities/experiences!

Be sure to check the rest of our website out for more information and ways to support us, but please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions and pop your comments below!

Thanks for reading. Take care,
Andy 🙂