Hello my name is Dawn Grant. I am a working mum of two young men now aged 18yrs and 21yrs, I have been married for 24 yrs, my husband is called Ian. I work at North Chadderton School in Oldham.
Approximately 18 months ago I saw Sue and Dave Hayward on the BBC Northwest tonight programme talking about their fantastic charity and all that they had achieved, I felt inspired to help, really moved by this, I just had to meet Sue. So with a little help from the BBC I got in touch with Sue. We met at her hotel and quite literally my life has changed. I am now the sponsor of a beautiful little girl in Watamu, her name is Lily and she is 5yrs old. I keep in touch via e-mail sending letters and I send gifts. This for me is about a long term commitment to this precious little girl, she needs me and I will be there. If all the children in the Happy House had sponsors that could support the children in a very real and positive way, then it will be a wonderful place for these children to grow up in and in turn their lives will be enhanced by knowing that someone really cares them. I really love the fact that we (sponsors) are known as a family because this is what all these children need, and that is why we got involved.