3 Peaks – Walked

Thank you!

We just wanted to say a very big thank you to the people who sponsored us for our 3 Peaks Walk.  Thanks to everyone’s generosity we have raised an incredible £840 so far.

The Walk

On the 1st October,  Barney Addenbrook and I (Sam Gurney) walked the Yorkshire Three Peaks; Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough. A total of 24.5 miles. It took us 11 hours and while it was a tough day it was well worth it to raise money to support the centre and help improve the children’s lives.  We are going to use the money, when we travel to Uganda at the end of October, to provide a play area for The Revival Centre so that the children will have somewhere safe to play. 

Providing this play area would not be possible were it not for the generosity of our sponsors and donors, who’s combined efforts have achieved an amazing £840, with more donations still coming in.  So a big thank you to everyone who’s donated anything at all to this fantastic cause. While we may be flying out in just a few weeks (29th of October), don’t worry, its not too late to still donate if you haven’t.   You can sponsor us by either :

  1. Head over to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/samandjosh to place your donation.
  2. You can give a cash donation to either of us in person, which we will then upload to the site on your behalf.


Walk Details

It was looking like it was going to be a beautiful day as we set out from Horton in Ribblesdale at 6:45am!  The sun wasn’t up yet and the sky was clear.  The thermometer on the car was reading 2 degrees celsius.

However as we climbed Pen-Y-Ghent the sun rose and by the time we reached the summit (695m) at around 8am the sun was up and it was starting to warm up. 



Heading for Whernside – The Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle – Carlisle Railway – an awesome feat of Victorian engineering.


Sunrise on the way up Pen-Y-Ghent









Then came the descent and the long walk through Ribblehead, alongside the famous Ribblehead Viaduct and across the valley towards the ascent of Whernside. 



2 down, 1 to go. On top of Whernside

We summited Whernside (736m) at around 2pm in glorious sunshine.  Whernside has a long and steep descent which proved quite draining but we were not yet finished.





Next, the final ascent up Ingleborough, started at around 3pm, reaching the summit(723m) at around 4pm.  The sunshine had now been obscured by a mist which shrouded the top and we had to spend 10 minutes wandering around the top searching for the trig point which marked the summit.  Just when we felt elated that we had completed the 3 Peaks we had to contend with a 2hr descent over steep, rough ground, back to our starting point. 



Just below the summit of Ingleborough


On the way up Ingleborough – its getting a bit misty now


On top of Ingleborough – after 10 minute hunt for the trig point












On the descent we met another walker also doing the 3 Peaks who we walked with the rest of the way.  Later talking in the pub after we had finished we told him about what we were doing and why and he generously donated £10 to the cause


Finished! To the Pub for a well earned pint.


Afternoon tea at St John’s Church, Ben Rhydding

We will be serving afternoon tea, coffee and a scrumptious variety of home made cakes on Saturday 8th December from 2-4pm.

There will be a Fair trade stall, Matugga crafts and lucky dip stall and more!

Money raised will go to both the Revival centre in Matugga and to our Fair trade link in Sudan.

Please come and support this event by eating lots of cake with friends and buying last minute stocking fillers!


Day of Dance – 2019

Not too far off, a date for your diaries. Hope to see you there!
A Salsa Class in progres

Salsa Class

Sharon Crosby will be hosting a Day of Dance on Saturday 27th April 2019 in aid of The Revival Centre in Matugga.
It will be held at St John’s Church on Bolling Road in Ben Rhydding.  LS29 8PN
Workshops will start and finish promptly.
Bring water to drink during the workshops.
Crafts/refreshments etc will be available throughout day!
Lucky dip stall and crafts from Matugga.
To book your place(s) you can either :
1) Send your booking request and a cheque for £7 per workshop, made payable to: Give A Child A Hope, to: 
              St John’s Church Office
              Bolling Road
              Ben Rhydding
              LS29 8PN
2) Book using the form here If using this booking form you will automatically be taken to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/dayofdance to pay.
If you would prefer, you can book online but still pay by cheque using the address above.
There will be a sitting area in the lounge for tea/coffee etc and refreshments will be available all day!
Crafts including fair trade.
And more. (Lounge area.)
When booking, please include your name/details and say which workshop/s you want attend.
Details of the workshops, timings and what to bring are detailed below.
Dance Workshops
10-30-12.00: Gypsy Dance! (In the Hall)
(Tina Jackson, of Dancers Bizzare, teaches a range of Gypsy styles) No partner needed.
Bring a long skirt, to swish, soft shoes and comfy clothes.
10-30-12.00: Tribal/Country dance fusion. (Back of Church)
Easy to follow and fun veil dance to a Celtic piece, Sound the Trumpet.
Sharon teaches (Tribal Fusion dance in Guiseley and Halifax)
Wear soft shoes and comfy clothes.
12.00-12.30. Tea/coffee/sandwiches and cakes available.
12.30-2.00: Greek Dancing. (Back of Church)
Chriso teaches in Burnley, Lancs.
Come and try out this fun and enjoyable style.
No partner needed.
Wear soft shoes and comfy clothes.
12.30-2.00: American line dancing. (In the Hall)
Lucinda Atkinson
Teaches in Halifax.
An introduction to this fun easy style
Wear comfy shoes or boots and clothes. Cowboy hats optional!
Tea/coffee break:
2-00-2.30: Tea/coffee/cake.
2.30-4.00: Cuban Salsa. (Back of Church)
An exciting partner dance.
Come and dance your socks off to fabulous Cuban tunes!
Esref of Paranda teaches mainly in South Yorkshire.
Wear soft shoes and comfy clothes.
2.30-4.00: Yoga. (In the Hall)
Andrea teaches at workshops
and retreats and is based near York.
Bring a mat or a blanket.

Visit to Revival Centre, Matugga July 2018


Sarah taking height measurements

In July 2018 four more visitors were hosted by Bishop Ivan and Madam Allen.  For Professor Marion Hetherington this was her 4th visit and as part of her plans she and her student Sarah Nottingham (recently graduated from University of Leeds, School of Psychology) assisted in taking weights and heights of champions, day students and boarders. 

This task is undertaken to check that children are growing well and that any problems are spotted and reported to the Directors of the Revival Centre.  This is the third year that weights and heights have been recorded along with some research on the local diets of children, staff and community members. 




Marion weighing a typical portion of posho (maize meal) for lunch.

The research on diet involves looking at the amount offered to children, the amount consumed and converting this into data such as energy intake as well as macronutrient and micronutrient content of the diet.  It is important that the children receive sufficient energy each day as well as the essential minerals and vitamins to ensure good health.






During their visit Marion and Sarah took a 13 hr car ride to the north eastern region of Teso to visit colleagues at Agributec in Serere.  The journey was long but a great adventure to see more of this beautiful country and to meet experts in agriculture, business and technology.

Marion and Sarah were looked after by Madam Christine Anyait and Mr Okello Patrick (director, Agributec).

Visiting the rock paintings at Nyero, Teso region (etchings are estimated to be 3000 years old)


Crossing the river Nile in JInga (new Nile bridge soon to open)




Latest arrivals to visit Bishop Ivan and Madam Allen – Helen and Jenny Hughes.

Small Group Visit – October 2018

Debbie Walker is heading out to Matugga in late October for a couple of weeks, leading a small group, visiting The Revival Centre for the first time.  The group is small, consisting of 2 young men who have finished school this year and are looking to experience the wider world for a year whilst doing some good along the way.

Sam Gurney and Barney Addenbrook have committed to travelling with Debbie to Matugga on 29th October to experience first hand what life is like and the work being done at The Revival Centre.  

Whilst in Matugga they will be taking part in a project to create a safe play area on an area of land at The Revival Centre.  The work will likely include clearing the land and/or fencing the area.  Sam and Barney have undertaken to raise money for the project by doing a sponsored 3 peaks walk on 22nd September.  The 3 peaks in question are the Yorkshire 3 peaks consisting of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-Y-Ghent. A total of 24.5 miles!

They are consequently looking for sponsorship.  If you are able to donate please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/samandjosh



Visit Update

Following on from the very successful summer concert at St John’s Church organised by Keely Hodgson, two choir members (Professor Marion Hetherington; trustee and Jenny Hughes) have just returned from a visit to Revival Centre, Matugga.  They were accompanied by Sarah Nottingham (graduate of University of Leeds) and Jenny’s daughter Helen (who last visited 8 years ago!).  Visitors’ reports will be posted shortly with some news about the Revival Centre and the latest edition of Matugga Chat.  Tukusanyukidde 

Sarah, Helen, Jenny and Bishop Ivan July 2018

Sarah, Helen, Bishop Ivan and Marion July 2018


Sing for Matugga July 2018 – great success!

Thank you to everyone who sang, performed and attended the Sing for Matugga concert on July 14th, with your support we managed to raise £1000 – so thank you from Give a Child a Hope and to the champions at Revival Centre who will benefit from this great fundraising effort!  Thank you especially to Keely Hodgson, natural voice practitioner for believing that everyone can sing and for organising this fun event!

Sing for Matugga July 14th 2018!!

Ben Rhydding Community Choir & guests sing for Matugga at St. John’s Church, Ben Rhydding, this Saturday, 14th July, 6.30pm.
Guests: Ashlands School Choir & Djembe Group; Transpennine Harps; MOSS (male vocal ensemble), AcaBella.
Raising money for the UK charity “Give A Child A Hope” which supports the work of The Revival Centre, Matugga, Uganda.