Many of you will know that John and I support, in a very little way – including donating the tiny commission we receive at the end of the year from those of you who have taken out holiday cancellation insurance with Pavey’s – a charity called Mary’s Meals.
We think it is an inspired idea. It is a charity which sets up school feeding projects in third world communities where poverty and hunger would otherwise prevent children from gaining an education…
We have just received this email with a video link which we thought might interest others (turn off after the short video is over when something else starts!
Dear Mary’s Meals Supporter
I wanted to let you know about some very good news!
Last week I returned from America after a whirlwind visit, looking forward to a quiet spell at home, to find a film crew from CNN wanting to interview me. It turned out that a volunteer had nominated me for the CNN Heroes Show. We have just heard that the 3 minute film they made is going to be broadcast regularly on CNN today and over the weekend. You will also be able to see it online at http://bit.ly/atsjQb
I never cease to marvel at the ways doors seem to open for Mary’s Meals. I also never cease to cringe at having to do things like appear as a ‘hero’ on TV. I know lots of heroes and I am not one of them. However I realise this is the most amazing chance to tell more people than ever about Mary’s Meals.
While I was in America I was able to visit our projects in Haiti and see the wonderful progress that has been made there since my last visit just after the earthquake. It was great to see kids in temporary classrooms, tucking happily in to their plates of beans and rice while their old schools are being rebuilt and repaired. Fr Tom Hagan and Doug Campbell who lead our projects in Haiti are doing an unbelievable job there. Because most people are still sleeping under canvas, Fr Tom chooses to do the same and still sleeps on pallets (to keep him above the rain water) in a little one man tent. He is certainly a hero as are all those Haitian people who are working to rebuild their communities in Cite Soleil.
Thank you again for your generous support that enables us to do this work.
Douglas’s Barn is available to book for short breaks 3 or 4 nights between 2 and 20 May 2016. Bookings usually start on a Monday or a Friday but if you want a break that starts on a different day get in touch. We are very flexible with bookings.
There are some new attractions added to the list of treats available with the Premier Cottages special privileges card. Amongst them are Renishaw Hall, Thornbridge Hall Gardens (new discounts), Hassop Station Cafe, Village Green Cafe Eyam, Carsington Water Sports and Leisure, Hartington Cheese Shop.
There are still a few free dates at the end of March/April in both Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns. Short breaks, 3 or 4 nights, which are not normally available are on offer. Please look at availability and give me a call or book on line.