Success blossoms for garden party

Debbie Blyth and daughter Georgia see the donations pouring in at the tea party. Also pictured is partygoer Daniel Berney Smith, aged three.
Debbie Blyth and daughter Georgia see the donations pouring in at the tea party. Also pictured is partygoer Daniel Berney Smith, aged three.

A VINTAGE-THEMED garden party in Morpeth was a blooming success as it helped to raise hundreds of pounds for orphaned and destitute children in Africa.

Town residents Colin and Debbie Blyth opened up their home and garden to friends and neighbours, and they collected more than £300 for Pearl of Africa Childcare.

During the afternoon, guests enjoyed tea, sandwiches and traditional cakes, while making donations into an old-fashioned teapot.

Children were also able to get their faces painted by a local artist.

The UK-based charity supports the Molly and Paul Childcare Foundation in Uganda, which was established in 1983 to give young people a safe place to live and the chance of an education.

There are over two million orphans in the country as a result of HIV/AIDS, disease and war.

The Foundation currently cares for more than 2,200 children in seven schools in the Kampala and Masaka districts.

There is also a Children’s Village in the Ugandan village of Kamuzinda, which includes a farm school and clinic that provides primary healthcare for the local community.

The funds raised at the garden party will be used to support the day-to-day running costs of these schools, as well as paying for vital resources such as school books.

Mr Blyth, who is a trustee for the charity, said: “I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along to the event and kindly donated to this great cause.

“It costs over £325,000 a year to keep these schools running and with the support of local residents in Morpeth we can help so many more young children in Uganda to have the chance of a brighter future.”

To find out more about the work of Pearl of Africa Childcare Ltd, or to make a donation, visit www.pearlofafrica.org.uk