Did you know that 25% of London's children get to a green space less than once a month?
And that was before lockdown.
In London over one fifth of households have no private gardens, and for the last month many parks have been overflowing with people.
Children's fundamental biological need to play outdoors with friends has, clearly, been one of the most overlooked of this last three months.
This has dramatically affected every single family, but most especially those living in inner city Hackney and surrounding boroughs.
As restrictions lift we are champing at the bit to re-start our Outdoor Families Programmes, leading Family Wild Walks, offering Outdoor Family Camping and hosting events to help make getting outdoors easier.
When lockdown happened we were in the middle of pitching for funding. It all stopped, obviously.
Then we had to put all our efforts into putting the shop online properly (THANK YOU to all of you that shopped and shared!) and giving the support we could to families through Zoom and Facebook... But it was nowhere near enough.
Now we want to restart our Outdoor Families Programmes again but we need YOUR help.
First: Funders require recent data - so please can you take 5 to 10 minutes to complete this survey?
Second: if you can donate, help us fundraise or know anyone that can, our LocalGiving page is: https://localgiving.org/charity/outdoorpeople/
The wonderful peeps at Marmot have just given us lots of tents ad raincoats, Stance Europe have donated lots of socks, Vango have been super generous with kit too, and our friends at Green Farm can't wait to see children back camping in Fairyland.
But to make this happen we need cash.
We've already raised £1600 of our £6k target, but to go camping socially distanced we need far more portable toilets and a second minibus, and we need people to make it happen.
Any help is very gratefully received – and everyone that supports us, whether its by taking the survey, donating or simply sharing our campaigning tweets, posts and ‘grams, will have the extra joy of knowing they are helping kids play outside in nature this summer.
If you’d rather not fill in the survey and instead just want to email me with the story of your lockdown and how much going camping would mean to you, that would also be amazing!
Have a wonderful summer outdoors,
Very best wishes
Cath, Tom and Beth