Tamsyn Blount and her sons, Fynn and Rowan, decided to walk the distance of the Camino de Santiago to raise money for W.O.R.K. It is a 480 mile route which would traditionally start in the Pyrenees and continue across the top of Northern Spain. They walked over 3 miles every day in Cornwall to complete the same distance in their target of 20 weeks. They were out in all weathers braving the rain, the wind and the mud. Huge thanks to Tamsyn, Fynn and Rowan.
With gift aid, they have raised £1,000 which will help to build a new children’s ward. Thanks, too, to everyone who generously supported their fundraising challenge.
A huge thanks to Maidenhead Rotary Club for their very generous donation of £1,000. A new oxygen concentrator has been bought with the funds. This is urgently needed as the coronavirus spreads through Kenya. In the rural areas where WORK supports health clinics there are no ventilators but an oxygen concentrator gives patients a chance.
Erick, the Senior Clinical Officer, checking the new oxygen concentrator.
The Allendale Lions Club near Hexham have made two generous donations to WORK. The funds have been used in two ways.
The first £300 was put towards buying an oxygen concentrator which is used to help people who have low concentrations of oxygen in their blood. This can be caused by a wide range of health conditions. It has made a huge difference to many lives.
An oxygen concentrator takes regular air and purifies it to 90-95% oxygen. To do this, the concentrator uses a compressor that moves air into sieve bed filters to remove the nitrogen. It then distributes the oxygen through hoses inserted into the nostrils. The nitrogen is later released back into the air.
The second donation was used for WORK’s jigger programme. Jiggers are parasites which burrow into the skin and lay eggs. Cutting them out is painful but, without treatment, hands and feet become so badly affected that victims cannot walk or use their hands. Inflammation, ulceration and infection follow, then gangrene so that amputation is the only option to save a life. £300 from the Lions Club enabled three villages to be treated. There are many photographs on the Internet showing the devastating affect that jiggers have. Thanks to this donation, many children can continue to walk to school and adults work to feed their families.
Members of St. Edmund Campion Catholic Church in Maidenhead decorated their church with stars bearing Christmas greetings to the parish. Each person or family making a star gave a donation to WORK. Huge thanks to all who contributed to raising a magnificent total of £800. The stars looked beautiful and carried warm messages to fellow parishioners. A simple and very effective way to raise funds to help some of the poorest people to have a chance in life.
Yealmpton Quilters have donated a beautiful quilt to raise funds for WORK. They have also made bags and other items which they will sell at their next Ladies Evening. Quilting involves a huge amount of time and effort – and artistic talent – so WORK is very grateful indeed to the group for their generosity.
A Tapas evening at the home of Nick and Ruth O’Donovan in Barnstaple raised £518. There food was delicious and there were different types of sherry to try with the different dishes. Many thanks to everyone who supported what was a very enjoyable and fun evening. Requests for a repeat are being considered!
Many thanks to St. Edmund Campion parish in Maidenhead for a very generous donation to WORK.
One of their fundraising activities has been monthly lunches where friends meet to chat and enjoy lunch together.
Invitation to lunch!
The ‘Christmas Star’ project at St. Edmund Campion involved people giving a donation to decorate a star on which they had written Christmas greetings. Instead of sending individual Christmas cards these greetings to all the parish were used to decorate the walls. Thanks to Barbara McWalter for co-ordinating this great idea.
Parishioners with their cheque for WORK. Thank you!
An ‘At Home’ at the Presbytery of Sacred Heart Church in Kingsbridge raised £300 towards an incubator for St. Bakhita’s Health Centre. This will save the lives of vulnerable new born babies. Many thanks to all who supported this enjoyable event. We have made a good start in raising the £5000 needed for this vital piece of equipment.
A Barn dance organised by Sacred Heart parish in Kingsbridge, South Devon raised £357 for WORK. Thanks to the musicians and caller who gave of their time and ensured that everyone had a good time – and thanks to all who supported the very enjoyable event.
Get ready to Dos-Si-Do and Face the Sides
Members of the church hold a book sale every Saturday to raise funds. They also organise car boot sales. Huge thanks to Maddy and Melvin Messina and their helpers for the steady flow of donations. Every penny goes to those in need.