From Dorset to Aberdeen, our fundraisers are fabulous!

Find out what interesting things our UK fundraisers have been up to in the name of Mary's Meals!

Back to all stories | Posted on 16 February 16 in Fundraising

A juicy fundraising idea…

One of our donors found a novel way of raising money for Mary’s Meals, by selling apple juice from her very own orchard! Rose Grant has a business producing cider for local pubs in Dorset, but created a soft-drink alternative to support us. Rose set up an apple juice stall at her local parish, Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Cecilia, in the Sundays leading up to Christmas. The venture was a huge success, raising enough money to provide 130 children with a daily meal for a whole school year. 

Rose said: “People just kept coming back – we sold out! I’ve always been impressed by Mary’s Meals. It’s such a clever idea and you know where your money is going. Mary’s Meals started from a shed and now feeds over one million children. I began my own business from a shed behind my house so it seemed like a nice way to help.” Thank you, Rose, for proving that from the smallest seed, a mighty (apple) tree can grow.

Fearne’s Sponsored Silence

A young supporter from Edinburgh has been keeping mum for Mary’s Meals. Eleven year-old Fearne Halcrow completed a 24 hour-long sponsored silence to raise a brilliant £81! Fearne decided to fundraise for Mary’s Meals after finishing a school project about Malawi, where our school feeding programmes help hungry children in more than 600 schools. 

Fearne admits that she’s not usually a quiet person so she found staying silent for a full day difficult. She had to stay away from her little sister as they always argue! But, although it was tough, Fearne enjoyed the challenge. She told us: “It was really rewarding raising so much money for such a great cause. I know how much we have compared to some children in Malawi which is why I wanted to help Mary’s Meals.” Well done, Fearne! Your fantastic achievement is certainly not something to keep quiet about.    

Going the Extra Mile for Mary’s Meals

This week, dedicated members of Aberdeen University’s Mary’s Meals Society are travelling across Malawi to raise money for Mary’s Meals…without ever leaving Aberdeen! The students have been putting in the hours on bikes, treadmills and in the pool to collectively rack up a whopping 3,060 miles. 

This distance could take them across Malawi, a country where Mary’s Meals is reaching over 25% of the school population with daily meals in school. And the society are taking a very special ‘Mary’s Meals’ route, virtually travelling through places in Malawi with a special connection to our organization. 

Lucy Fraser, president of the society, told us that the event has been tough but that society members have really pulled together to raise awareness and funds for Mary’s Meals: “Everyone has been amazing at juggling this and their university work! We’re a real team - I couldn’t take part due to illness but everyone was brilliant and picked up my miles without a moment’s hesitation. The main motivation for our members is just how far a little goes with Mary’s Meals. It’s fantastic to be able to say that, for every £12.20 we raise, we are feeding one of the world’s poorest children for an entire school year.”

Thank you for all your hard work, guys!

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