On Sunday, 22 October a particularly ‘heart-warming’ event took place at FabRico coffee shop, Soresby Street, Chesterfield as locals and parishioners enjoyed a bowl of porridge in return for a donation to Mary’s Meals.

Porridge Party organiser, Maria Volpone (left), with volunteer, Cath Spooner

  Organiser and proprietor, Maria Volpone, said, “It was a cold and blustery autumn day, so all those who came along were glad to tuck into a nice hot bowl of porridge!  We raised a wonderful £240 in total, which will all go to support this vital charity in setting up school feeding programmes in some of the world’s poorest communities.”

  Those making a donation were also able to have a go at guessing the distance travelled in an average month by Thomas Kyababa, Mary’s Meals Feeding Officer in Mwambe District, Zambia.  Thomas visits fifteen schools each week on his motorbike.

  The delighted winner of a box of chocolates was Jon Spooner, a parishioner of The Annunciation parish, Chesterfield, who guessed at 1500 miles.

Can you help?

Mary’s Meals can make a lasting difference to the lives of children in some of the world’s poorest countries. It costs just £13.90 to feed a child for a whole school year, so even the smallest amounts can have a huge impact.  Anyone interested in finding out more about the work of Mary’s Meals, sending a donation, or hosting a fundraising event in their parish can do so by visiting their website: www.marysmeals.org.uk.

Pictured above: ‘Porridge Smiles’ from Party Participants!