The John Holmes Educational Trust for Eritrea


Fundraising is the lifeblood of the Trust’s work in Eritrea. Without the generosity and hard work of the trustees, their families, friends and the wider community, none of the work would be able to take place.


The trust aims to take part in one or two large activities annually. All the money raised goes to improving educational facilities in the village. The travel and living expenses of the annual visit to Eritrea are entirely funded by the volunteers themselves.


Events & Getting Involved

If you would like to get involved in the trust, there are a number of ways you can do this:

Liverpool to Leeds

On the 25th November 2011, a seven strong group set off from Leeds to Liverpool to take part in a 3 day marathon bike ride back to Leeds along the Leeds-Liverpool canal towpath; a total distance of 127 miles.

The plan was for 3 days of pretty leisurely cycling, reaching the B&B before dark each evening. Unfortunately, the plan didn’t take into account the time of year, the number of mechanical problems, the hail, rain and gale-force winds and the towpath being a muddy trench for mile upon mile!

High points included getting lost in Wigan trying to find the hotel, eventually arriving at the hotel covered in mud only to be told that the boiler had broken that afternoon so only one of the 6 rooms had hot water and repairing inner tubes in the ladies loo of a pub in Blackburn. However, despite the 14 punctures, numerous falls and failed brakes, the team managed to complete the ride, arriving back in Leeds city centre, wet and muddy around 7pm on Sunday 27th!

The team has raised almost £4000 through sponsorship, which will complete the build of the new computer room and library in Bogu village. A massive Thank You! to all the people who sponsored us.

Viva Las Horsforth

 Our next fundraiser in May 2012 was a charity dinner and dance with an Elvis tribute act! My Lahore donated a 3-course curry supper free of charge and Yarnbury  donated the venue. The evening raised more than £3,500 for the Trust!

Elvis NIght 2: The comeback Special

Our first fundraiser for 2013 is another Elvis Charity ball…it was another brilliant night and we raising £3320 for the Trust!

Lyke Wake Walk

On Saturday 25th May 2013 a team of fundraisers left Osmotherly at 5am to walk the 42 miles of the Lyke Wake Walk. Through sponsorship, we raised more that £4400 for the Trust.

The Way of the Roses - Coast to Coast challenge

In 2014, we started training for our next challenge - to cycle from coast to coast - 170 miles in 3 days.  In June 2014 a team of nine supporters set off from sunny Morecambe, in Eritrea cycling shirts, arriving 3 days later in Bridlington & raising almost £4,000 for the Trust.

Abba Glamma

Our next fundraiser is a charity ball with an Abba tribute act.  The evening is a great success, for the third time My Lahore, a local restaurant, donates all the food and staff free of charge.  The evening was great fun! We raised just over £3,000 for the Trust.

The Eritriathlon

In June 2016, almost twenty supporters came together to participate in the first Eritriathlon:  a 56 mile cycle ride, followed by a mile swim, topped off with a 27 mile walk all in the same weekend.  This event raised more than £4,500 for the trust.