The Treehouse Project

Update posted by Penny Warin On Apr 24, 2018

The Friends of Holy Cross are a charitable organisation who support and raise funds for the hospital on a regular ongoing basis. It consists of local people and friends and family of patients. I heard today, that, inspired by the story of the Treehouse Project so far, they are contributing £10,000 to the project! With this contribution and everyone else’s ongoing determined and inspirational efforts to get the treehouse built, we are going to get there. Thanks again everybody involved. Please keep going!

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Update posted by Treehouse Project Fund On Apr 10, 2018

Well it has been a big week for the Treehouse Project and some significant strides have been taken forward to make this a reality for patients at the Holy Cross. First up we had the Treehouse Project Quiz, organised by the ever lovely Jo Speed, Manager of the Holy Cross who managed to rustle up 60 participants in a very short timescale! We raised nearly 400 hundred pounds for the Project through this night alone and also raised awareness of what the Treehouse Project is all about with people in the local community. OK, our team came last but you can't have everything.....


Next up Michael Kirkby (Colin White Tree Surgery) , Glenn Rackham, Chris Browne and Tom Clegg (Edge Rope Access) did an absolutely amazing (if slightly terrifying) job of felling two trees in order to create space for the platform. Weeks of cycling have left me with seemingly no upper body strength and so I just sort of scurried around panicking and cleaning up after them whilst they did the real mens' work. It looks great though and has cleared more space than we realised existed, which is great and could mean an extension of the platform to allow more space for patients to be with their families. Please see below for a picture of Michael up a tree.....


Finally, and perhaps most crucially, we found ourselves a structural engineer - Derek Mason of Super Structures Associates. Derek is an ultra marathon runner (this means distances of around 100 miles a time), a published author and a deeply experienced structural engineer, who was involved in the construction of the Olympic Stadium. He has an intuitive understanding of the benefits this project will provide to profoundly disabled people and we are really happy to be working with him. Derek's website is here if you'd like to find out more about the work his company does - http://www.superstructuresassociates.co.uk/

Next steps for the Project include a sponsored group bike ride we hope to run out of Brighton on June 30th - please get in touch if you'd like to ride yourself or offer support in putting the ride together. Once Derek, Jo Speed and I meet on the 17th of April, we will know more about what materials will be used for the Project - the search will then be on to find companies who can support us with the provision of building materials. Our proposed build date for the Treehouse Project is 11th - 16th July 2018, so time is tight - but the kindness and good hearts of people we meet on this journey is making us feel ever more confident that we can succeed in this. Cheers everybody!



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Update posted by Penny Warin On Mar 25, 2018

Tom is having a well earned rest day in Madrid. Here's what he had to deal with going over the Pyranees

(sorry about giant sizing -tech skills need much improvement)







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Update posted by Penny Warin On Mar 20, 2018

This is an update from Tom on his Greenwich to Portugal mission via me:

So I made it... to the base of the Pyrenees. France has been pretty hardcore, very little open due to the time of year,rain 6 days out of 7, head winds 5 days out of 7, 'roads' that end in a river (see attached) and a boar hunter momentarily mistaking me for prey, raising his gun at me before a hastily barked 'monsieur! ' assured him that I was in fact human. So I am a fair bit slower than I hoped for, but still have time to complete this and actually quite surprised I am still going having lived in wet clothes all week. Without wishing to labour the point, I am very lucky to be doing this and not everyone has the same privilege. All sharing and sponsorship for the Treehouse Project would be massively appreciated. The Pyrenees are tomorrow if I can just get my bike fixed! Cheers.



This refuses to paste the right way up but I'm sure the problem is still clear to see!

Tom has managed to get the frame soldered and is planning to ride over the Pyranees tomorrow. Best of luck Tom!


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Update posted by Treehouse Project Fund On Mar 08, 2018

Well Chris has returned - he managed the Arctic trek fine (although apparently a team mate suffered frostbite) but couldn't do the snowmen as apparently ultra cold snow doesn't stick together! Here is his updater and a few pics from the saga:

"Well that was an experience!

What it was: 5days trekking/ cross country skiing over 100k in the Arctic circle (Swedish Lapland). Days were spent spending between 7 and 9hours a days pulling a 40kg pulk (sledge) with a frozen beard, eating lots of calories and the occasional mild white out. Whilst nights were spent setting up camp, more eating and trying to sleep as the temperature dropped to -28c.

Who was there: - The expedition leads had both lead expeditions to the north pole and 1 had been to the south pole multiple times. Both also set up the Montane Spine race in the UK, which is a 425km race along the Pennie Way in winter over 7days. - 2 people were training for a world record attempt to cross Lake Baikal in Siberia. Which is ~650k in 12 to 20 days (weather dependant). - Someone else was training for a south pole attempt later this year - Someone who used to own an Israeli security company that advised militaries. (He now works for a school) - 1 of the very few female finishers of the Montane Spine race - Someone else had done the Spine race and Marathon des Sables (one of the toughest ultramarathons in the world), 250km in 6 days in the desert. I'll stop now, but its safe to say I was definitely out of my comfort zone among these guys! The biggest take away in regard to the other people on the expedition is just how friendly and inspiring everyone was.

Things I learnt: - Slow and steady wins the race. If something is hard I normally want to just get my head down and get it over with as fast as possible. It turns out for lots of technical as well as physical reasons this isn't the best approach… so instead we have a routine of walk for an hour then stop for a few mins to take on water and snacks and then get walking again before you get cold. We repeated this for ~7hours every day until it was time to stop for the day and start again the next day.

- It's too cold to make snowmen!!!! The snow doesn’t stick together and is more like dust. - Its dry, most of the moisture we have to protect against is sweat and condensation from breath. - Everything freezes!… so if you use your pee bottle (yep we each had a bottle to wee in at night) you have to leave it in your sleeping bag with you otherwise it will freeze and you will have to melt it. Even my alcohol gel froze

- I love snacks. Whilst hard core explorers can train their body to process blocks of butter as food. I choose Haribo Tangtastics, nuts, dried fruit and breakfast bars… mostly tangtastics though!

- If you provide your body with the right fuel and stay positive, you will be surprised at how much it can put up with.

The main thing I learnt was just how beautiful the artic is! I would definitely go back (probably not skiing on an endurance trip though… give me a kite or snowmobile!)"


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Update posted by Tom Hatton On Feb 14, 2018

Pegging Out - Please see above, a video of me shivering in the cold, whilst Glenn demonstrates where the Treehouse Project will be built. I really hope it isn't that cold on the way to Portugal!

On a warmer note, I am hugely pleased to say that Richard Mathers-Jones of the Nash Partnership has agreed to be our Architect Lead on the Treehouse Project on a pro-bono basis. We massively appreciate his work and the support of the Nash Partnership, whose awesome track record in architecture has to be seen to be believed - The Nash Partnership The Treehouse Project just got one big step closer to reality..... cheers all!

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Update posted by Tom Hatton On Feb 13, 2018

Chris has posted his first progress update from the Arctic - https://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspot...

Apparently the temperatures are so low there that the snow doesn't even stick together for Snowmen! He is working on the problem, however and will have something for everyone who sponsored when he gets back. I am literally in awe of what he is doing at the moment, I was out in the cold and rain of the UK for a few hours on the weekend and was pretty much done in after a few hours! Let alone dragging all your own kit and camping out in it!

We managed to peg out the outline of the Treehouse Project, however. Video of this, taken by me whilst shivering limply in the rain, will follow shortly. We have enough funding now to begin the 1st stage of construction, though a very long path lies ahead of us to complete this thing. People like Chris continue to inspire me, however and help me to know that we are going to do this.

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it will happen, you will do it......

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Update posted by Tom Hatton On Feb 02, 2018

The superhuman Chris Brown is leading our first expedition in support of the Tree-house Project this month. He leaves on the 9th of February to endure a 140 km trek through the Arctic Circle, camping and dragging all his stuff with him! Chris can look forward to cold that goes down to -36 degrees. He had this to say about it:

"Training has only lasted a month and been done in between hangovers so I fully expect this to be extremely hard! Hopefully I can power through with pure stubbornness apposed to physical ability.

Whilst I have the opportunity to explore beautiful parts of the world there are many people who don’t get this opportunity... I would like to use this opportunity to raise awareness of the Tree-house Project".

To that end, Chris will personally make you an Arctic Snowman and take a picture or write a message in the Arctic snow for every £15 donation! Please put your requests in the comments section on the page here, or via email/Facebook. We wish Chris every success and look forward to drowning him in beers of gratitude when he gets back. Cheers!



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The Treehouse and walkway project is an imaginative and worthwhile cause benefiting many not just a few. And Martin’s sculling trip is a genuinely difficult challenge . Donating will both boost his moral and create a resource which will delight many needy patients recovering from serious injuries. Please help!

Hilary Wainwright

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Bravo. All power to your elbow!

Timothy Knight

Backed with £50.00 On Apr 19, 2018

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Well done - and the best of luck!

Dave and Philippa Creighton

Backed with £5.00 On Apr 17, 2018

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Well done Hannah. Great achievement

Karen Grove-Parkin

Backed with £10.00 On Apr 17, 2018

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Anonymous

Backed with £180.00 On Apr 16, 2018

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Go Hannah I’m so proud of you xxxx

Helen McAteer

Backed with £10.00 On Apr 14, 2018

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Well done Hannah. Will hopefully see you in Preston Park. Good luck! Matthew x

Matthew Ryan

Backed with £20.00 On Apr 14, 2018

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Good luck Hannah hope it goes well

Helen Couchman

Backed with £10.00 On Apr 14, 2018

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Thanks everyone who has given me money offline! Very much appreciated! X

Hannah Woolston

Backed with £50.00 On Apr 14, 2018

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Goooooooo Woolston.. :)

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Backed with £5.00 On Apr 13, 2018

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