Friday 2nd August wasn’t quite a normal day in the Rickshaw calendar. At 11:30am we wrapped up calls, turned off our computers and headed out into the sunny streets of Brighton. Over the years our summer social has taken many forms, from camping to rambling across the Sussex Downs, but this year we wanted to do something different.
Becoming a more responsible travel company is one of our ongoing aims and we felt that giving back to our community in the form of volunteering would be a great way to help achieve this goal. But what to do and where to go? We chose the Crew Club in Brighton’s Whitehawk estate.
The Crew Club is a youth centre that was established in 1999 following the sad loss of life of Jay Kensitt, a local young person. It began in an old tin shed and has since grown into a fully functioning centre with a huge array of facilities. The club has supported thousands of young people with their educational, personal and social development. After speaking to the founder of the club, Lorraine Snow, we decided to help with some renovation so that when the children returned from their summer break they would have a spruced up club to enjoy…
Armed with power-hoses, litter-pickers and paint-brushes, we set to work re-painting the front of the building and the ‘yellow’ room, cleaning down the changing rooms and removing rubbish from the grounds. A photographer from our local newspaper ‘The Argus’ came down to take some pictures of us at our most glamorous (!) for a story which you can read here.
It was great fun to get involved with such a worthy cause and we all enjoyed our afternoon tremendously. After having a well-deserved rest we cleaned ourselves down and headed to the nearby St George Inn in Kemp Town where we were provided with a fantastic BBQ and a great evening in their sunny pub garden.