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Ged Hoburn presents a donation to John Eardley of the Social Supermarket from monies raised at Sara's Rainbow Run.

Saras Rainbow Run is held every year to raise funds for Saras Hope Foundation.  In 2017 we combined with the Social Supermarket to also help those families in Apokoronas that are in most need.

 Dimitri and the Cotton Club in Georgiopolu raised a fantastic €400

for Saras Hope Foundation by selling "T" Shirts.

Dimitri is also an Ambassador for Saras Hope Foundation in recognition of the outstanding help he has shown to the visiting families.

Great prizes

Tickets from Captain Jacks, Almyrida and Maddie's in Kefalas

After 5 years in remission Josh re visited Saras Hope Retreat

Josh stayed at Sara's Retreat two years ago with his mum and stepdad after completing his treatment for leukaemia ...It was his wish to teturn to celebrate his five years in remission and he realised his dream when he returned in September with his family .They had a fab time .revisited his favourite places and met old friends and made many new friends .He also ran in Sara' s Rainbow ran with his dad Neil which was a proud achievement.Josh said that his week at Sara's Retreat changed his life and gave him the confidence to move forward ...he now has a good job and a lovely girlfriend in the UK .A true star and a lovely and inspirational young man 

Featured here with Julie Hoburn one of the Founders of Saras Hope Foundation and also receiving his certificate and medal for completing the Rainbow Run

Trevor & Yvie Bains raised over €3000 for the New Retreat Building fund

Yvie was sponsored to have her head shaved in aid of Saras Hope Foundation. This no mean act raised over €3000 and Yvie have asked that this goes towards the new retreat fund so as to help more families have that special time.

David Culling presented Yvie & Trevor with a certificate commemorating this great acheivement 

The Amazing UpHighs tour in September raise an incredible €2337 


John and Matt returned to the island for the second time this year especially to perform for Sara. Over the six events Theuphighs performed to over 500 people and as always really did Sara's charity proud.It was extra special as two of Sara's families went to the shows .We are so proud to have John and Matt as ambassadors of the Foundation

A sincere thank you guys for your kindness and support 


For all the run times and an up date on the 2017 Sara's Rainbow Run CLICK HERE

A fantastic £1000 donation from Mr & Mrs Bolton towards the New Retreat.

We can not thank you enough for the magnificent work you do in helping us help other.

Malcolm & Christine Bolton Have asked that this money be put towards the New Retreat building fund.

So far Malcolm & Christine have raised an enormous £4000

The cheque is being received by Dimitris Papadgiannis who is our Ambassador on Crete.

Also present Julie and Ged Hoburn the Retreat Managers. 

The first entrant to sign up for Saras Rainbow Run to be held on the 17th September

is Maddie of Maddies Taverna Kefalas. Maddie will be wearing her lucky No9.

Maddie has supported Saras Hope Foundation with events and sponsorship for many years 

Maddie is the one in the blue vest

Why not sponsors her for the run

At last our dreams are becoming reality

In conjunction with LifeStyle Homes who are our chosen consultants for this very exciting project we have now acquired the plot of land for the construction of our New Retreat. 

Click here to keep up to date on the progress

The contract is signed for the New Retreat

It has taken a long time getting to this point however we are now well on the way to achieving our goal of a New Custom Built Retreat in Crete for those children and families who need it the most.

Today 6th August the contract for the building of the New Retreat between Saras Hope Foundation and LifeStyle Homes has been signed. This makes a new beginning for Saras Hope Foundation in Crete and with the help of all our loyal supporters on the island we will achieve this very soon

Sara`s Summer Extravaganza 

A sincere thank you to all the performers who gave up their time for free and made this a special night at Yiannis Taverna Kokkino Chorio.
Well done to the Disclaimers, Heather Simpson, Deep End and Sara's Glam rock band.
The night was very well attended and everyone had a lot of fun, sang along and danced the night away.
Special thanks to everyone who donated prizes and to everyone who came along to support the event.
It was so nice to have shared this night with Harry and his family who were staying at Sara`s Retreat.
An amazing €382 was raised on the night 
We plan to do this again very soon so keep watching the Crete events page.

Wow - what an amazing success !

Theuphighs returned to the island and performed six shows for the charity ...John and Matt were brilliant and their humour , enthusiasm and energy ensured that everyone left with smiles on their faces . John and Matt had everyone singing , dancing and laughing and made every event so much fun . Their voices , confidence and performance improve every time they visit the island and over the six events approximately 500 people came along to support the guys .A sincere thank you to Antonia and Yiannis at the White Lady , Dimitris at the Cotton Club , Yiannis owner of the Kokkino Chorio taverna , Ian and Parasaki at the Retreat Taverna , Maddie at Kefalas and Sophia and Ritchy from Captain Jack for welcoming the guys and for their warm and kind hospitality. A big thank you to everyone who kindly donated prizes and cash and to everyone who came along and supported the events - we really appreciate your support. 
John and Alison raised an amazing  195  from their photographs at the White Lady and the Retreat taverna . Michelle and Karen did a great job collecting the cover charges and helping with the raffle . So a massive thank you John and Matt .... we were blown away that you raised another  3800 for the charity and have raised an astonishing € 28396.11 since 2014 ..... Your really are stars and we are very proud to have you as official Ambassadors of the Foundation.
The good news is that Theuphighs will be flying back to sing for Sara on 16 September for 10 days and have already been asked to perform at 7 venues following their amazing success on this and past tours .....See you in September guys 

The Uphighs Summer Tour in aid of Saras Hope Foundation

The amazing Uphighs started the Summer Tour on Crete with a fantastic night at the White Lady Fancy Rainbow Dress party on 1st June. As always the White Lady put on a great evening with the Uphighs performing all evening. The event was a sell and and supported by all our loyal fans and helpers in the Rethymno area. A big thanks to everyone who made this a truly memorable event.

Cameron & Arthur Raise £1000 on sponsored walk

Cameron and Lorraine his wife have been holidaying in Crete for 24 years and our two boys have enjoyed lots of great times there. Last year Cameron decided that after meeting Ged and Julie at one of Matt and John’s (The Uphighs) shows in the White Lady Taverna, that he would like to do something to raise money for Sara’s Hope Foundation so that other children could experience what our boys have had. Cameron and his friend Arthur decided that they would walk from Rethymnon Harbour to Fantastico Taverna and back down the mountain via Maroulas and Adele back to the White Lady. They completed the walk on Saturday (3/6/17) and were rewarded with a big beer and a warm welcome, as always, in the White Lady. We would like to thank all our family (home and abroad), friends and colleagues for their very generous sponsorship and to let you know that the boys raised £1000 for this great charity

£1000 Donation to the 400 Appeal from Cretan Corner Taverna

Sue Harris-Kokotsaki and her family and friends recently presented the charity with a cheque for £1000 which they kindly raised from raffles, and fund raising events .This cash is a pledge to Sara`s 400 Appeal which will help to purchase the property for Sara`s charity in the future