Donations from generous individuals and from sponsored group activities gratefully received include


The TrekkingSpiritProject

Jan Kozlowski and Eva Kaznelson successfully trekked 6000 kms across Europe from Bulgaria to Spain raising funds for the benefit of disadvantaged children.

Through contact with Friends of Bulgaria they visited project centres managed by ZOV and have forwarded funds to for the purchase of privacy window blinds at the Crisis Centre for Girls in Veliko Turnovo.

In January 2018, Jan Kozlowski and Eva Kaznelson introduced to Friends of Bulgaria their project for a fund-raising trek through Europe from Bulgaria to Spain for the benefit of disadvantaged children. Covering a distance of over 7.000 kms Jan and Eva spent 4 weeks crossing Bulgaria in May engaging in a soccer tournament with children cared for by ZOV in Veliko Turnovo and conquering the highest peak in the Balkan range, Mount Botev.  


Jan and Eva’s trek successfully raised funds which Friends of Bulgaria directed to ZOV.  By July 2018, ZOV were able to report that the grant received covered the costs of installing window blinds at the Crisis Centre for Girls, Veliko Turnovo.

Jan and Eva have pledged to continue supporting ZOV projects.

Jan Kozlowski, TrekkingSpiritProject

Northamptonshire Astwell Benefice

Card Club: re-cycles greeting cards for sale and since 1995 has donated proceeds annually to Friends of Bulgaria – typically vital for covering the transport costs of donated Christmas gifts  below, with any surplus covering transport costs of childrens’ Summer Camps.


Christmas Gifts: gift-wrapped presents for children in Bulgaria donated annually since 1995 by the congregation of the Benefice Christmas Carol service.


2014 - Sponsored Balkan Peak Climb

John Brisby and Tom Gentleman (Friends of Bulgaria committee) together with Alex Cook and Ilian Dimitrov scaled the three highest peaks in the Balkan mountains in 24 hrs - Mt. Botev 2376m, Mt. Kupena 2169, Mt. Ambaritsa 2166m – to raise funds for the Music and Dance project offered to abandoned children in the Nezabravka Home, Stara Zagora.  Click here for more details


2009 Sponsored Row Oxford-London

Three Bulgarians, Oxford University Bulgarian Society. Click here for more details


2003 Sponsored Cycle Ride West Country Trail

Sir Richard Stagg, former British Ambassador, Sofia with family and friends


1990s Sponsored Cycle Ride Alex Thomas

from Bulgarian Embassy, London to the British Embassy, Sofia


Sponsored Walks regularly from 1992 with school children from Troyan in Balkan Mountains


Individual Donations

2016              Kamen and Kathryn Zahariev Donation, after a tour of Bulgaria with their friends in August 2016


2014              Draper’s Livery Company     kindly proposed by Nick Bence-Trower


2008              Don Robinson Donates

18/May/2009  Round Table

23/Mar/2008   Round Table

2007              Star of Hope – YMCA Northampton collaboration: training at YMCA Northampton for Star of Hope’s HalfwayHouse social worker.