A nine-strong team, led by the managers from the Eastbourne branch of Barclays bank has completed a 10-miles sponsored walk along the Sussex coast, raising much-needed funds for educational charity UCEP (Uwakaneme Community Education Project).

The walk, which took place on the 11th of June, one of the hottest days of the year, saw the group set off from Bexhill beach, heading west along the coast and ending at Eastbourne pier.

The team raised an impressive sum for UCEP, a charity which funds educational programmes in West Africa, and which has its origins in Eastbourne.

Charity Founder and Lead Volunteer, Charles Uwakeneme, said:

“I am absolutely delighted that the team, led by local Barclays Bank managers, Tina and Becky, picked UCEP as their chosen charity for this challenge and we cannot thank them enough.”

“UCEP is a UK-registered, not for profit organisation with its roots in Eastbourne, set up to pay school fees and provide additional support for children from disadvantaged families in very poor communities in West Africa.”

UCEP takes a village-based, community focus and aims to minimise obstacles to children’s formal education and their future development. Through its work within village communities, UCEP engages with parents, teachers, and community leaders to support the holistic development and safeguarding of pupils. Your donations are dedicated to delivering UCEP scholarships programme.

More information about the work of UCEP can be found at ucepcommunity.org


According to a World Bank report, “In 2018, four out of five people below the international poverty line lived in rural areas. Half of the poor in these communities are children. About 70 percent of the global poor aged 15 and older have no schooling or only some basic education.”

In West Africa, many children are now growing up in communities where poverty, violence and child exploitation are becoming normal. UCEP believes that if children are educated, coached, and mentored in good character-building practices from a young age, their exemplary behaviour as good citizens will positively influence their peers, and their wider communities.


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