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raised of £2,500 target by 49 supporters

    Weʼve raised £3,035 to cover the loss from a theft from a charity shop this afternoon.

    Shepherds bush, London W12
    Funded on Friday, 17th March 2017

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    Hello. My name is Sarah. Meet my friend Copstick. She is the passionate director of a charity that works with people living in extreme poverty in Kenya, and, today, someone stole £2500 from her charity.

    You might recognise her from kids TV when you were really little. Or you might recognise her from those programmes on Channel 5 that were sort of a bit rude but not really rude. That's not the important bit it's just by way of introduction. And because maybe I can guilt you into reading because she taught you about how to make a spaceship out of sticky backed plastic when you were 3.

    That's sort of how I know her. But after that I went to Kenya with her and saw some other stuff she does.

    Nowadays she (entirely unpaid) runs Mama Biashara, a charity she set up to help the poorest in Kenya. Mama Biashara ("business mother" in KiSwahilli) provides training and micro-investments for people living in extreme poverty who want to start a business. She has a shop in Shepherd's Bush in London, entirely staffed by volunteers, which sells produce she brings back from Kenya, made by service users, the profits from which go back into the communities that made them.

    Copstick does this for free. The shop workers do this for free. The W12 Centre in Shepherd's Bush gives the space for the shop for free.

    She's due to go to Kenya on Friday 16th Feb to disburse money earned from the shop.

    Today, someone stole £2500 in cash - 5 month's shop income - from the shop.

    There is a drought and a doctors strike in Kenya. At any time this would be appalling, but right now, it will cost lives.

    Please will you help? Anything at all would be amazing. And you can come to the Mama B shop and get a free hug. Maybe even some sweets.



    • Kate Copstick7 years ago
      Kate Copstick

      Kate Copstick

      7 years ago

      Dear All, am currently in Doha Airport en route to Kenya with the full complement of money. It is quite incredible how much kindness is around when you really need it. Thank you all who have donated. I will keep you updated as to exactly what happens to your money. You are all quite wonderful

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    • Kate Copstick7 years ago
      Kate Copstick

      Kate Copstick

      7 years ago

      We have £683 so far. Which is just wonderful and thank you so much to everyone who far. Been getting calls from the peeps getting excited about me coming and what needs doing (no rain for four months now in many parts). Not sure how to break it to Julius that his community (around 600 people) are unlikely to be getting their well dug. Remind me how karma works again ???

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    7 years ago

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    • Paul Freeman

      Paul Freeman

      Feb 22, 2017

      What a horrid thing to happen, hope everyone's support makes it a bit better!


    • David Cameron

      David Cameron

      Feb 21, 2017

      We need more people like you in the Conservative party! Love from Whitney


    • Rebecca Riley

      Rebecca Riley

      Feb 20, 2017

    • Al Cowie

      Al Cowie

      Feb 20, 2017

      A small something, you are doing amazing stuff. Al x


    • Judith Liddell-king

      Judith Liddell-king

      Feb 20, 2017

      All I can manage at the moment, but sent with love. Xx


    • Darius Davies-Shojaee

      Darius Davies-Shojaee

      Feb 20, 2017

      Keep making a difference!


    • Geoff Copstick

      Geoff Copstick

      Feb 18, 2017

      Pretty rough BTBAnyway to make the takings more secure in the shop?Those scuzzballs might demolish the whole effing shopping centre to get a quid

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    Kate Copstick

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    Shepherds bush, London W12

    Mama Biashara gives people in the developing world, people with nothing except illness, hunger, homelessness and a family of children who need help that they cannot give a business grant - sometimes as little as £5.00 - to set up a business that will give them a life.

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