Medic Malawi's Big breakfast a success

Supporters of a big breakfast event at a Shrewsbury bank raised enough money to fund a nurse for a whole year in third-world Malawi.
Medic Malawi’s big breakfast at Shrewsbury’s town centre branch of Barclays hosted the fundraiser which saw people turned out in droves to enjoy coffee, croissants and cakes. A total of £640 was raised and the doubled totalling £1,280 after Barclays match funded it.
Stephen Drew, who runs the charity as a volunteer from his home in Belle Vue, said: “We had no idea how successful the Big Breakfast event would be.
“We just knew that any amount raised would be important to us and would all be vital to help fund our work.
“To have raised £640, which Barclays have kindly matched pound for pound, is wonderful and is equivalent to a year’s salary for a nurse or 10 children’s Government school fees for a year.

“I am pleased that people took us to their hearts at the Big Breakfast.
“The bank staff were excellent. All the cakes were made by the staff and donated by them. They were able to offer their services throughout the day.”
Volunteers from Medic Malawi handed out leaflets to customers while they enjoyed the coffee donated by Starbucks and croissants donated by Marks & Spencers, as well as the cakes made by staff.
Money raised by the organisation goes to fund a hospital in Mtunthama, in a rural area of the African country together with a clinic for feeding the malnourished and an orphanage for 85 children.
In the last year its fundraising total has soared from £118,000 in 2011 to £235,000 in 2012.
It was boosted by a Toy Trust donation of £100,000 and new supporters.
For more information about Medic Malawi or how to raise money for the charity visit www.medicmalawi.org or email Mr Drew on [email protected].

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Michael Michael

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