Gloria’s had her baby

Gloria gave birth last Sunday to a lovely baby boy. This means she how has state-provided accommodation. Oscar’s rather sad she’s not here any more but she’s nearby and I visited yesterday. This is only temporary accommodation though and we’re not quite sure where she’ll go later. Hopefully she’ll stay quite close.

So many people have offered baby and birthing help for our refugee

Gloria’s been with us for 5 weeks now and her due date is only a few weeks away so my wife posted on a Facebook page to see if anyone had some spare baby products.

We’ve had an amazing response and have pretty much everything offered for free including a “doula” (a person that helps her through actually giving birth!!!!) and M&S vouchers!!

And it’s been a delight having Gloria around. Our 5 and 1 1/2 year old children are particularly fond of her.

Do let us know if you have any questions about this and we’ll be very happy to put you in touch with Housing Justice ( if you’d be interested in helping out a similar refugee.

All the best,


Housing Justice has put us in touch with a refugee who can move in next weekend

Excellent news.
We’re going to meet a female refugee on Friday who is nearly 30 weeks pregnant.
Apparently she’ll be eligible for housing benefit once she’s 36 weeks pregnant so hopefully we can help her in the interim.
I’ll keep you informed with a response to this post on how it goes.
All the best,

How to help refugees

Hi there,
I went to an event about refugees yesterday with a panel and discussion with the audience. Coming out of the discussion it seems the biggest problem refugees face here is that people don’t understand their ability to contribute to the country and, whilst we generally feel we should help, we’re often not so willing to help directly.
I was wondering what I could do to help and then realised I’d be being a bit hypocritical if I’m thinking about changing other people’s attitudes but not really doing anything myself.
We have a spare room and so I’m looking at how I can offer this to a refugee.
Does anyone have any experience of housing refugees or know where I can find out more about it?
Do let me know if you have any suggestions.

Success! First ever channel crossing powered directly and only by the sun

We were successful! Here’s the boat making the first crossing of the English Channel powered directly by the sun with no batteries or other power source. This was on 23 June 2014 and took 6 hours and 59 minutes.

We were raising money for Oxfam. For more information, or to sponsor Simon in this challenge, visit Just Giving.



Video of AKT Solar Boat for Crossing the English Channel

Here’s a video of the solar boat. We’ll be looking to cross the English channel on this in about 2 weeks’ time (depending slightly on weather).

Simon’s been raising money for Oxfam. For more information, or to sponsor Simon in this challenge, visit Just Giving.



First solar boat to attempt to cross the English Channel

This is our solar boat the “AKT Solar”. We’re planning to cross the English Channel in it in late June. This will be the first time a solar boat has crossed the English Channel powered directly by the sun (with no batteries). We’re raising money for Oxfam along the way and if you’d like to donate please visit our donation page:

AKT Solar Boat









Cheers, Jonny!

Helping businesses in Sierra Leone

Here are some pictures of AKT Solar panels generating power for houses and small businesses in Sierra Leone.

From top to bottom, left to right: 2 x AKT-100-ML panels roof-mounted; Charging batteries for other people to use; Mobile phones being charged from solar; Fridge powered by solar; Charge controllers charging multiple batteries; Lights powered by AKT Solar panels.

These kinds of applications can transform people’s opportunities in places where grid electricity is not available.

AKT Solar in Sierra Leone

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