New total 33,310.
At long last I met Linda McDonald this month, founder of MUMs! I’d heard so much about Linda and what she has achieved in Malawi, both before I went there myself and during my visit. The work she continues to do is amazing. MUMs have made such a big difference to the lives of the women and children of Malawi, they have:
- Contributed £100,000 to a new high risk maternity wing.
- Given £25,000 to Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV programme.
- Donated £25,000 to the building of a Wellness Centre for Nurses and Health workers who have HIV.
- Sponsored an English midwife to work with and teach the midwives and medical staff in Bottom Hospital.
- Set up 6 feeding stations now feeding over 600 preschool children every day.
For more details of her work take a look at her website www.mumsrecipes.org
Linda was awarded “Citizen of the year” in 2008 and in 2010 was presented with a doctorate by Strathclyde University, so I was pretty nervous about meeting her. I needn’t have worried – we had a really good blether and it was wonderful to chat. We only had an hour and a half, as she was packing to go to Malawi, leaving around 4am the following morning! The time flew buy, so we are planning to meet again when she gets back. If you’ve looked at the Smalls Facebook page you’ll have read that Linda took some pants with her to Malawi for Julietta, the 10 year old girl I met who was left with a fistula after giving birth in the summer.
For those of you who have been asking after her Julietta, I have a wee update. Margaret from the fistula hospital emailed me to let me know she has been suffering from “swinging fevers”, but the good news is she is now on antibiotics and doing much better. The plan is that she will have her operation at the end of this October, so I’ll keep posted on how she is getting on.
As we have school fees to pay at the end of the year for the girls Smalls supports, the fundraising continues! We are holding another Frock Swap on Wednesday 24 October. Tickets are priced at £10 (plus a pack of pants!) and the event is being held at Dirty Martini(upstairs at Le Monde) on George Street in Edinburgh. The ticket prices includes a glass of wine on arrival and there will also be stalls selling jewellery and cosmetics. Let me know if you would like a ticket or if you want more details. It promises to be another great night.
Thanks to everyone who has bought Smalls Christmas cards and Spree books. A special thanks to Stuart Angus who has managed to convince his colleagues at Ingenico to start preparing for Christmas by buying their Christmas cards from him. Thank you Ingenico and thanks to Stuart! If you would like to buy cards or a Spree book then let me know.
Thanks also goes to Aileen Brennan and the ladies of Forres, Linda Young, Margaret Wardlow, Jacqui Halliwell, Jane Davies and Rosemary Hughes for their donations of underwear. And not forgetting Ross Ainslie, Jane Davies, Moira, Graham, Ben & Harry Tattersall for their monetary donations.