Safe in Sussex’s supporters travel the roads of India to raise vital funds for the charity

Safe in Sussex team L-R Deb, Sarah, Helen, Emma, Tom, Amanda & Anna leaving Sakala on the 1st for Heathrow

Safe in Sussex team travelling India in Tuk Tuk’s

Setting off on 1st June Helen Hitchcock, one of Safe in Sussex’s patrons and her team of adventurers are undertaking 1100 kms across India via Tuk Tuks in aid of Safe in Sussex.

The 8 intrepid travellers have decided to undertake the Deccan Odyssey, Joining Helen are her great friend Sarah Hand, Anna Tidey and her friend Yasmine, Amanda Duke and her son Tom, mum and daughter Deb and Emma Tatum. They are going to drive from the sandy beaches of the Arabian Seas, through the mountains of the Western Ghats down to the busy city of Mumbai, not however in cars or anything sensible but covering the 1100kms in Tuk Tuks.

Helen Hitchcock, owner of Sakala, a gift shop in Steyning which sells ethically sourced items from India said “Why do we do these things? I am asked often by many people, why not is always my reply. Life is for living and exploring, and sharing experiences with others is just magical and if you can raise some funds along the way that is an added bonus. So we are four teams of two, a mum and son, a mum and daughter and two lots of friends all out to have an adventure!”

The adventures have had Sponsorship from Tatum Racing, Arundel Care Services, Arri, Visual impact VI Rental, Anton Bauer, Chandler Kent, Private Wealth Mortgages, Goldings Barn Garage, Steyning Post Office, Tuk Tuk Shop, Sakala and 24-7 Drama and the public have been very supportive. They have already raised over £13,000.

Sussex Prairie Garden event for the Tuk Tuk Adventurers

To celebrate the return of the Tuk Tuk Adventurers a colourful Shocking Shirts and Funky Frocks Garden Party on Sunday, 25th June at Sussex Prairie Garden, Henfield. As well as the beautiful garden to enjoy, there will be live folk music, Indian goodies to buy and a tombola. Shocking Shirts & Funky Frocks – The Indian Finale- for Safe in Sussex – Sussex Prairie Garden (

Louise Gisbey, Safe in Sussex’s Deputy CEO said “Once again Helen has rallied a team to go on an adventure with her and raise much needed funds so that the charity can continue to support people experiencing domestic abuse. We are so grateful to all those taking part in the Deccan Odyssey.

“Having been a passenger in Helen’s Tuk Tuk I know it won’t be the most comfortable of journeys and I am sure driving on the roads of India will be a challenge. We wish them all the best and are looking forward to hearing about their travels and updating supporters via our social media channels.”

If you want to support this group of adventurers Helen Hitchcock is fundraising for Safe in Sussex ( Or if you want to get involved in any other way, contact


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