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£1,445raised of £2,500 target by 29 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,445 to pay for urgent medical care for Bertha.

    Funded on Friday, 15th March 2019

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    Bertha is in need of urgent medical care. Thank you if you are able to make a donation.

    I first met Bertha in April 2000 when she came to the UK on a visit to schools in Devon, Cornwall and Kent. She had been selected by the charity called ‘The Friends of Urambo & Mwanhala’ - which encourages school links between the UK and Tanzania - because she was a Biology teacher in Urambo at that time. Her trip was sponsored by the Cranbrook School Tanzania Project.

    It was impossible not to make friends with Bertha the instant you met her. She was warm, friendly and smiley and her laugh was (and still is!) infectious. She was so interested in the children in the schools she visited and they too loved her immediately. Only those who spent longer with her learnt that privately she was still grieving for her two small children who had died not long before she flew to the UK.

    On her return, Bertha continued to support the work of FUM in Tanzania and she and her husband (who was the District Medical Officer) were wonderful hosts to the English medical students who visited Urambo for their electives. Bertha herself was extremely generous with her time, mentoring biology students in Urambo Secondary School, where she was a teacher.

    However only a year later, we heard that her husband David had died suddenly of cerebral malaria, leaving Bertha (who had already lost her own parents) all alone in Urambo. Seeking to start a new life, Bertha moved first to Morogoro and thence to Dar es Salaam, where she began teaching at the ABC Capital School. There she met her fiancé, Paul, and was at last beginning to find happiness again.

    Very sadly, Bertha recently developed a serious skin infection, which she has allowed me to show in the photo at the top. Unfortunately, her inability to work at the moment means that she has, quite literally, run out of money and can no longer access the medical help she so desperately needs. If you can, please give a little to help us to help her do this.

    Thank you!



    • Mary  Kenway7 months ago
      Mary  Kenway

      Mary Kenway

      7 months ago

      Dear friends and supporters of Bertha We are so grateful for all the donations that we have already received and delighted to have reached the £1000 milestone. Bertha is nearly at the end of her treatment which is going really well but is going to rely on us for some weeks to come while she gets her strength back. For this reason I have extended her page which was about to close. Please forgive me for asking everyone again to give a little if you haven’t yet, share Bertha’s story if you know how, or even give again if you are able.

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    • Mary  Kenway10 months ago
      Mary  Kenway

      Mary Kenway

      10 months ago

      Our grateful thanks to Mr Hella for visiting Bertha on our behalf. She was so touched to see all of the beautiful messages and donations you have sent her. In the photo below, you can see Betha looking at her crowdfunding page for the very first time. Mr Hella is now trying to find somewhere for her to stay near Ocean Road Hospital to spare her the ordeal of travelling to and fro while she is feeling so poorly. I therefore ask for your continued support by sharing her story, or giving if you are able.

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    • Mary  Kenway1 year ago
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      Mary Kenway

      1 year ago
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      I am relieved to report that Bertha has now had a biopsy at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute and begins her treatment today. Unfortunately, the hospital is a fifty minute drive from her home and she will need to make this journey by bus many times over the coming months. I ask, therefore, for your continued support by sharing her story with your friends and family and donating if you are able. Every donation, big or small, will help extend her treatment and increase her chances of recovery. Thank you.

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    Page last updated on: 2/2/2019 17.05



    • Anonymous


      Feb 2, 2019

      God bless

    • Rod Smith

      Rod Smith

      Jan 23, 2019

      Keep going Mary, your target is in sight.


    • John and Barbs

      John and Barbs

      Jan 22, 2019


    • Anonymous


      Jan 21, 2019

      A little more to help Bertha

    • Clare Glynn

      Clare Glynn

      Jan 20, 2019

      A little bit more help for Bertha.


    • Anonymous


      Dec 15, 2018

      Well done Mary for supporting such a lovely lady ... hope this helps a little and please wish Bertha a Happy Christmas and all the best for a much better year ahead xx


    • Polly Kenway

      Polly Kenway

      Oct 5, 2018

      To dearest Bertha, Sending so much love and luck with your treatment. Polly and Bruno Xxxx


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