Tuesday, 29 March 2016

The Happy House - a family concern

 Visiting the Happy House again was a very special time for the Walker family.
Kylie Walker, who lives in Jersey, was in Watamu with her parents,  Pat and Julie Walker, and her grandmother, Carol Sohier.
They had a chance to see all the developments at Happy House and in our school since their last trip, and to catch up on news from Mama and Papa.
The very generous family had involved many others, raising awareness at the same time, in their fundraising in the months leading up to their visit. 
Kylie's clients and colleagues at Marquis Hair salon had generously donated £100, Carol raised a massive
massive £500  with her friends and other family members by holding car boot sales and two coffee and cake mornings.
A further £200 was raised by Carol's friend Hilary Houze, who sponsors a Happy House day student, Lucky Chilumo,  and her son Dan.
Dan and co-owner of their coffee shop " Dandy's " agreed to have a Happy House collection pot on the counter. Hilary made delicious cakes for staff at her office and who gave very generously for a tasty treat!

Sammy Cannon a friend  of Pat Walker approached  St Paul's and St Clement's Football Clubs who donated football kits footballs etc.
Pat and Julie also took out a suitcase of very useful good including clothes, exercise books and pencils.
Julie also took a special gift for her sponsor child, Husna
Kylie said: "The difference Happy House is making to these children and their families lives is amazing. The on-going work that you do is truly inspirational."
Our thanks to Pat, Julie, Kylie and Carol and to all their friends and colleagues who helped them to raise such a lot of money to help our family.
They are true friends indeed. 

Happy families

When Mama and Papa visit the the UK they have a homely welcome, thanks to Alan and Lesley Pidcock.
Alan and Lesley, who sponsor two of our kids, and who first met Sue and Dave when they visited Kenya in 2010, very kindly let them stay in their house near Blackpool, as they live and work in Saudi.
This time their visits have coincided for a few days giving them a really good chance to catch up and spend some time together.
Yesterday, they hosted a Bank Holiday get together with friends and sponsors Jackie Fineman, Andrea Manders, Fiona Scragg and our Auntie Libby along with Alan and Lesley's daughter, Kathryn, son James his partner Jonathan and their baby.
Pictured above (from left) Fiona, Jackie, Andrea, Mama, Lesley, Libby and Kathryn.
Left: Alan and Papa.