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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.

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 🙂

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