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In 2010 we were looking for a way of giving something back into the world community from our profits and decided upon the Bala Children’s Centre as Paul Hargreaves knew some of the trustees and knows that 100% of the money raised in the UK goes to the children in Kenya. Not a penny is kept here for administration costs – this is all done completely free of charge.
We are privileged to be associated with Bala Children’s Centre, an orphanage dedicated to changing the lives of young children who have nowhere to go and who are in desperate need of help and support. It has a policy of never turning away a child in need, which means its numbers and needs are ever growing.
Bala Children’s Centre are committed to improving the lives of children through education and has schools within its grounds. Cotswold Fayre has sponsored one child for every member of staff, so there are currently 40 children whose education, food and accommodation are paid for.
Paul Hargreaves, managing director of Cotswold Fayre, frequently visits Bala to implement a number of agricultural projects and classroom builds which have been funded by the money we raised in 2016 at our last Summer Ball. These projects, in time, will generate income to cover some of the needs of the children out there and gives the centre a more sustainable future.
Paul Hargreaves said: “I just wanted to thank all of you who support our fundraising events very generously, which has made all this possible. I can’t begin to tell you how grateful our friends are in Kenya.
“There is a lot more to be done, but this is a very important start.”
There are many in-office fundraising days and the Speciality Food Charity Ball on Friday 6 July 2018 is the next large fundraising event we are organising in support of Bala Children’s Centre.
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