Awesome adventure lee, I grew up in Ellesmere Port – so you have my support! :-)
I think it sometimes feels a little text heavy – and also having the text centred doesn’t really help much.
also the highlighted hover text colour is quite dark, and on my monitor can feel a little lost.
If I was going to change anything, I would give a bold statement as a "hook" on the home page to get people interested, once people catch a part of the vision you have they will want to read the rest of the site. This means taking away the big block of text on the home page. :)
Lee, what a difference the shorter width makes! Looks better already! You’ve had quite the journey already and you haven’t even left yet!
Remember what I mentioned about have the sub-nav have a black background? You are half-way there as it turns black on hover, but it should really be constantly black.
I think with a few design tweaks here and there you will have a nice looking product. Remember, to pick up sponsors, especially people that may simply be donating online, you’ll need them to feel safe using the site. As it is right now, I probably wouldn’t feel safe donating through the site. But keep going, you’re getting closer.