Supporting mum in Morocco

Eve Branson Foundation by Jack Brockway

Thrilled to spend time in Morocco with my family and Virgin Unite, as I co-hosted a Connection Trip with my mum to support her foundation.

The Eve Branson Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of Berber communities in the Atlas Mountains, improving living standards through healthcare, education and womens economic empowerment. Supporting young girls in the Atlas Mountains is a huge passion of mums. Im very proud of all shes achieved from helping to spearhead initiatives including a carpet workshop and craft shop, to helping villagers benefit from vocational training and English education, which are all invaluable to securing jobs in the flourishing tourism sector.

She hosted a polo match fundraiser at the Jnan Amar Polo Club in Marrakech played by top international polo players. We cheered on the Eve Branson Foundation team in red, although the Jnan Amar Polo Team proved victorious and I presented them with the prize, a magnificent trophy inspired by Moroccan tradition. I loved watching it all come together with beautiful ponies donated by Patrick Hermes and an incredible acoustic guitar performance byMahmoudChouki to end the evening.

The British ambassador to Morocco described mum as a true Brit with true grit and Id wholeheartedly agree. Ive learned so much from mum and she inspired everyone around her every day. There arent many people who publish their first book aged 89 and then start working on the sequel!

Was lucky enough to spend time at the Kasbah Tamadot while in Morocco too, including the aptly-named Tarrat Room (the Berber word for Virgin). One of the beautiful things about staying at the Kasbah Tamadot is the spectacular biking in the Atlas Mountains. It was great fun to cycle with Holly and Sam to the polo match (fortunately mostly downhill!)

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