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Following our fantastic night at the end of November 2019 at which we raised over £16000, due to Covid we have sadly not been able to put on any further fundraising events, until very recently when Jan at Burcott Farm had a pig roast and raffle evening.   Other small donations have continued to come in so we have made some progress with our plans at the school, and we are now planning for further events next year.

The Rowan Varey Memorial Fund came about in response to donations given by so many people who’d come into contact with Rowan, a girl diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 3, during her life and who wanted to help sick or needy children in some way. Initially money from the fund was mainly sent to children’s wards in the hospitals where Rowan had been a patient, however later donations were made to children’s organisations in Romania, Chernobyl and India.

We now support a long term project in Uganda, Africa where we have helped to build, and continue to support, a boarding school for deaf children, many also orphaned by Aids or war. we have been working alongside another charity Action Aid who had a local office close to the school, however the office has been closed for some years now and we have dealing directly with the head teacher and school Governors. We are now in the process of registering to be a recognised charity in our own right and we hope this will be passed in the next few months.

This YouTube video shows ‘Unreported World’ following the inspirational work of the sign language teachers transforming the lives of deaf children and adults in Uganda. It is worth watching the whole program, however Kinyinya School is featured from the 7th minute onwards: