Summer Weekend helps feed starving children

We were delighted to welcome the crowds who came along to support Patricia’s Open Garden, Summer Fete & Art Exhibition, when she opened her house and garden over the weekend of 10th to 12th August. It was  Patricia’s personal effort to raise enough money to provide food for 100 families and their children, facing famine this summer in Darfur.  “I couldn’t have done this alone.  I cannot thank all the wonderful volunteers who came to support me.   You were amazing, particularly when we struggled to put up the tent in the driving rain! But it was all worthwhile.   The sun shone and your help gave everyone a wonderful day, and between us we will be spending nearely £3,500 on emergency food to help children right now.  Thank you so very much.  I couldn’t have done it without you!”

Visitors were able to enjoy the range of stalls and explore the gardens in the sunshine, while 100 original works of art were on display in the house. “It was fabulous to have so many people join us” said Patricia. “Knowing the suffering that is taking place in the remote Darfur villages, I just had to do something and to see so many others who felt the same was truly heart-warming.”

While our work focuses on sustainable grassroots projects that enable families and communities to help themselves, the failed harvest for the second year running means we are currently providing Emergency Aid for the first time ever. “Without this help, children will die”,  said Patricia added.

We are pleased to let you know that the total funds raised reached just under £3,500.  “I am so grateful to everyone who helped make this weekend happen.   I think my family and friends thought I was mad!  It is a bit daunting to think that nearly 300 people came here”, Patricia added. “The funds that they and all our lovely stallholders have raised means we will be able to provide a sack of flour for food and bag of seed for planting to 75 families in Darfur, so will be reaching over 400 children. What a fantastic result! However, we still have more to do as many more families are in danger of starvation.”

Our Urgent Need Appeal is continuing to run, as the earliest the next harvest in Darfur will be is still 3 months away and people need help to survive until then. If you would like to support a family at this time of crisis, the Emergency Aid package of flour and seed which costs £45 for a family, can be donated here.

If you would like to buy one of Patricia or Robin’s paintings we will be posting them on this site.