The town’s Business and Professional Women’s Group had welcomed a visit by Jim Dykes to speak about the charity Mary’s Meals.
Founded by the author Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, the charity aims to provide children in Malawi with a free meal each day that they attend a place of learning.
The charity believes that education is the key to these children finding the road out of poverty and into a happier and more fulfilling way of life.
A statement from the Business and Professional Women’s Group said: “Everyone at the meeting was impressed and on the night £35 was raised.”
The charity also provides backpacks for the children.
These include not only basics for school such as pencils and books to write in but also clothes and soap, towel, toothbrush and toothpaste so the children can go to school well dressed and clean.
All this helps in the learning process and makes for happier children.
Since the meeting, the ladies of the Business and Professional Women’s Group have worked hard to provide 13 rucksacks for boys and girls aged five to 13, which have now been collected by Jim Dykes and his wife, Linda.
The backpacks are due in Malawi at the beginning of the year, with the hope of helping to make the lives of more children positive and happy.