Fundraising spotlight

The little acts of love shown by our supporters are the reason we are able to reach so many children with a meal every day they attend school.

If you’d like to share your fundraising news and pictures, please contact us.

Little people, big actions

It’s never too young to start – even if the oldest in your group is only four! A group of 60 wee ones from Leeds showed how to do it by gathering up loose pennies and going on ‘sponsored toddles’.

Together, they raised enough to provide a nutritious daily meal to every child in Kawale Primary School in Malawi for a whole school year, helping turn around over 200 young lives.

Keeping schtum to send kids to school

Beaver scouts decided to test their will-power to help us feed more hungry children.

Inverness Beaver Colony held their tongues for a sponsored silence and raised enough to feed 30 children with Mary’s Meals for a whole school year

Charitable Charlie

At the age of six, Charlie Doherty began refusing birthday presents for himself. Instead, he asked for cash he could donate to Mary’s Meals.

But he didn’t stop there.

Now a teenager, his fundraising antics have included a 600-mile cycle ride from Brighton to Scotland and another across Europe. He takes his mum along, but only because, as she says “if I didn’t go with him he’d try to do it on his own!”

Charlie supports Ipyana Primary School in Malawi through our Sponsor a School project.

He’s proud of his mum for taking part but says: “The only thing is that I have to stay behind her and I keep falling off when she is going too slowly!”

Tim helps fill mugs to the brim

Tim Olsen always has a Mary’s Meals fundraising idea up his sleeve. As well as undertaking a number of fundraising challenges such as walking the entire 84-mile length of Hadrian’s Wall, the coffee shop manager had the continent of Africa tattooed onto his arm to raise money for us.

“I’m delighted with the amount raised,” says Tim. “Not bad for ninety minutes of excruciating pain!”

A birthday gift to remember

When Marion Cruickshank turned 70, she turned down gifts and asked family and friends to donate to us instead.

One very fun party later, Marion had £2,000 to send to us - along with this picture of the wonderful Mary’s Meals themed cake made by her friend. Yum!

Donating in celebration is a great way to make the most of your happy occasion and help some of the world’s poorest children attend school.

Hungry for adventure

William White and James Hobbs are the youngest people to cross Iceland on foot, after completing a 20-day trek across the challenging landscape.

The 17-year-olds learned what it was like to struggle without enough food and showed great resilience in the face of blizzards, sunstroke, and barren land. Not only did the teenagers achieve a world’s first, they raised over £3,300 for our work.

A whole grotto love

John McLaughlin suffered a heart attack aged 54. He knew he needed a change of pace and began re-exploring his wood carving skills and his passion for inventing things.

One result was an intricate carved grotto dedicated to the work of Mary’s Meals. It now sits in his front garden in Bishopton, Scotland, where children and other passers by love to drop pennies in the slots.

Martha ‘NeverSeconds’ Payne

Martha Payne started to write a blog about her school dinners. Before she knew it, her blog site NeverSeconds was getting millions of hits.

Sensing an opportunity, she used her public profile to launch a fundraising campaign that’s now topped over £140,000.

The donations she channelled to Mary’s Meals went in part towards building a kitchen shelter and feeding all the children at Lirangwe Primary School in Blantyre, Malawi, for a whole year - part of our Sponsor a School initiative.

Martha chose to name her kitchen at Lirangwe as ‘Friends of NeverSeconds’ in recognition of the worldwide support she received. She later visited Malawi to see how the money raised for Mary’s Meals was helping to transform the lives of children there.

“Mary's Meals is a very simple charity,” says Martha, “and it can achieve so much with so little.”

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