Doll’s house finds a home and raises money for Mary’s Meals

Barry Wilson raised more than £400 by raffling off his one-of-a-kind doll’s house at one of our charity shops

Back to all stories | Posted on 25 February 19 in Blog

A retired watchmaker has turned his hand to building a doll’s house which has since raised money for Mary’s Meals.

Barry Wilson from Oban, Argyll, raised more than £400 by raffling off his one-of-a-kind doll’s house at one of our charity shops in Scotland.

As a long-time supporter of Mary’s Meals, he was delighted to hear that his fundraising will be matched by our Double the Love campaign.

Before  1 March, 2019, public donations to the Double The Love campaign will be matched by the UK government, up to £2 million, helping to transform the lives of impoverished children in Zambia.

As a close relative was expecting twins, Barry’s wife had initially suggested the novel idea that he should build a doll’s house.

Barry said: “I thought I had a 50/50 chance of finding an owner. The day I finished the  house, she had two boys!”

Barry then decided to take the doll’s house to the Mary’s Meals charity shop in Oban, where it could be raffled off to raise money.

As the raffle was in support of our work, Barry decided to purchase some tickets himself. As fate would have it, his own name was drawn, and Barry was named the winner of his own doll’s house!

Still trying to find a home for the hand-crafted toy, Barry agreed to sell the doll’s house to a friend for £150, raising even more money for Mary’s Meals. Barry reflected: “It was better than anybody could have anticipated.”

But Barry’s not planning on hanging up his hammer and paintbrush any time soon. He is already back in his workshop, building a castle for the twins. He said: “If I’m on my feet, there will be something new next year for Mary’s Meals!”