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We create adventures which bring people together from different walks of life in a common goal to help small children charities across Asia and Africa and in doing so changing their lives forever.

We only do life changing trips,  Nepal, India, Tanzania or Sumatra? . It’s time to get off the sofa, stop living your life through your kids or just stop that “one day” answer to everything.

About Adventure Aid

The charity started life in response to the challenge of “The Roof of the World” Rally in 2010. Founded by Ashley Platen-Mills, he decided that if he was to risk his life travelling 10,000 kms to a country no-one had ever heard of, for a charity which was asking for a mandatory event donation of just £750 – then he would deliver a vehicle as well and a donation worth the risk! His vehicle of choice was a Land Rover Series 1 Discovery V8, and the final donation of equipment and money came to £13,000 with part of this going to “Make a Wish foundation in the UK and the rest to the main charity – Sworde Teppa education centre in Querghon Teppa. This was the most money ever raised in the event’s history and the vehicle arrived after travelling through 16 countries, across the Georgian mountains, Turkmenistan desert, through the Anzob Tunnel and along the Afghanistan border without even a puncture! Ashley and his team had accumulated the support of over 60 sponsors in the six month marketing build up to the event and received camping equipment, vehicle parts, GPS equipment.

Since then, Ashley and the charity has returned to Sworde Teppa in May 2012 with a band of paying volunteers including a mechanic, photographer and IT specialist to provide further help and change their preconceptions of the region and religion. Then in June 2012 we delivered the Eurorally 2012 from Wimborne to Rome which raised money for Children in Need, Wessex Autistic and Poole Hospital children’s unit.

As a charity who works with small children’s charities around the world we are always looking for worthwhile causes and in doing so work closely with other charities and charitable trusts to deliver essential aid and build lasting relationships. In 2013 we started working with a small charity in Sattenpalli in Southern India called APT Social Service Society who provide essential services to orphans and deliver clean water and install bore holes for rural schools in the region. Following our visit in July 2013 where we saw the funds provided going to where it was needed most and worked with the children who have benefited from it so far. Due to this, we are now their UK representative to provide a clear understanding for UK trusts and charitable organisations who are looking to donate to APT.

In June 2014 we took a team of 6 back to India to deliver our most successful event to date and on our return had sold out a further trip in October 2015 for a team of 12 within four days, and a further trip in March 2016 is also sold out. The money raised from these trips has helped to build a brand new home for the orphans and will remain a legacy for all those who were involved with the official opening of the new building in October 2015.

In June 2015 has seen an exploratory trip to Nepal and due to recent events (April 2015) aid is required more than ever. The Nepal project is now underway with the first and second trips with teams of 13 being fully booked for October 2016 and  February 2017.

This year sees a third project to Sumatra in partnership with “Children of Sumatra” and raising funds for Cleft Lip and Palate operations for children on the island. Following the exploratory visit in January 2016 the first trip with a team of 13 in April 2017 is now fully booked.

Annual return trips run for all our projects with each project delivering a slightly different but equally amazing adventure to all those who want to explore and want more from a holiday of a lifetime !

What is happening

After five years of the charity it is great to see new trips getting booked up so quick, in fact we can't update the website fast enough. All this is great for Adventure Aid UK and the projects we help through the trips. It's all testament to how good the trips are for those who join. Don't leave your adventures to retirement, don't allow for regret, life is for living!

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Over the past five years, one thing has been clear

When the adventure starts the people involved whether they be an IT engineer, Private school teacher, Farrier or an O.A.P forget about who they are back home and become unified in the goal of the project. Why do I say this? Because I know there are thousands of people out there looking for something… an adventure to make a difference, an adventure because the children have left home or an adventure to feel alive. So… don’t feel like you cannot get involved or be one of those “one day” people, join up now.

Projects so far

  • July 2010: Roof of the World Rally – Award for highest donation and corporate exposure for Sworde Teppa Education Centre
  • June 2012: Eurorally 33 London to Rome for Children in Need
  • May 2012: Tajikistan for Sworde Teppa educations Centre
  • July 2013: India for APT Orphanage in Sattenpalli
  • May 2014: India for APT Orphanage in Sattenpalli
  • October 2015: India for APT Orphanage in Sattenpalli – Fully Booked
  • March 2016: India for APT Orphange in Sattenpalli – Fully Booked
  • October 2016: Nepal for Helambu Education and Livelihood Partnership – Fully Booked
  • February 2017 : Nepal for Helambu Education and Livelihood Partnership – Fully Booked
  • April 2017: Sumatra with Children of Sumatra – Fully Booked
  • February 2017: India – 6 places left
  • October 2017: Nepal for H.E.L.P – 6 places left

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