The chosen charity for 2017 is The Joanna Brown Trust. In 2008 Jo’s passion for sport and travel took her to the Beijing Olympics, she had been a great supporter of the GB rowing team and, being a keen rower herself wanted to be there to cheer them on. Making the most of this opportunity, her trip also included visits to Mongolia and Russia. It was on her return journey through Siberia that Jo set out for a 20km trek along the banks of Lake Baikal. Tragically, she lost her footing at one point and slipped down the rock face, suffering fatal injuries. She died in hospital in Listvyanka a short time later. Jo was just 30 years old.
The Joanna Brown Trust was set up in her name by her family with the aim of encouraging passion and potential in sport, to provide people with an opportunity to experience sport and excel in it. 100% of all the money raised goes directly to the cause and sporting projects. To date The Joanna Brown Trust have supported over 75 young British athletes, awarding over £40,000 in grants. They have delivered sports projects in 7 different counties around the world that are having a positive impact on the lives of thousands of children. Here is a link to a video about the project they support in India .
Jo’s brother Rich heads up the charity. Professional Call Minders are raising awareness about the Trust through social media, attending events, fund raising and the highlight of all the efforts is an old fashioned Sports Day that is taking place on 27 July at Nunnery Wood School in Worcester. Events include egg and spoon, sack race and general silliness. Local businesses are entering teams, people are very welcome to come and watch and it’s important that the event raises more awareness and money for the Trust.