Charlie and the Bandit – Longboarding Ferret

Charlie and the BanditFormer RAF Airman and award-winning fundraiser Charlie Hammerton, 23, from Nottingham will take on the challenge of his life on 29th December 2017 when he attempts to longboard 40 miles along the Thames from Richmond to the Isle of Dogs with his pet ferret Bandit on his shoulder.

The dynamic duo will be raising much-needed funds for The Loop in memory of Charlie’s 22-year-old friend Will Moss who tragically died in July 2016 after taking a substance that he believed to be MDMA at a nightclub in Essex. Charlie is supporting the work of The Loop so that he can play a part in helping to reduce drug-related harm at events.

The Loop is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company established in 2013 which provide Multi-Agency Safety Testing (MAST), welfare and harm reduction services at nightclubs, festivals and other leisure events.

The award-winning MAST service offered by The Loop was first trialled in 2016 and gives festival-goers the opportunity to have substances of concern tested by expert chemists in a lab to identify contaminants, variable purity and other risky contents to help reduce drug-related harm. After submitting a sample, customers receive a tailored one to one harm reduction intervention session with a trained NHS drugs worker. This service is the first of its kind in the UK.

Charlie said: “Will was just the loveliest guy, great at being a friend, and just the nicest person. I wanted to do something positive in his memory. When I heard about the unique services that The Loop offer I knew immediately that I wanted our fundraising to support their amazing work. This cause is so important to me because if William had had access to the MAST service that The Loop provides, who knows, that night could have ended very differently. He could still be here with us.”

Professor Fiona Measham, Director of The Loop said: “We are so grateful and honoured that Charlie and Bandit have chosen to support The Loop with their challenge. As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on donations and the support of fundraisers like Charlie to ensure we can keep providing harm reduction services at events. Eventually, we hope to be able to offer these services in City Centres and beyond to help reduce drug-related harm”.

The furthest that Charlie and bandit have been on a longboard to date is 4 miles so the 40-mile trip they will be taking on 29 December is going to be a big challenge.

Read more in this article by The Nottingham Post.

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