By Katie Greywood, Head of Fundraising, Amref Health Africa UK
On Friday 26th October 2018 I was excited to visit the town of Hungerford, Berkshire, and their annual Christmas fair. The organisers of this fair have supported Amref Health Africa UK for nearly 40 years, raising thousands of pounds to support our work with women and girls across sub-Saharan Africa.
I met with Lady Sally Poltimore and Caroline Preston, pictured, who have organised the fair since 2012, together raising over £23,900 for Amref’s work. Sally and Caroline took over the organisation of the Fair after the founder, Kathini Graham, passed away in 2012.
Kathini had supported Amref for several decades, first becoming familiar with the organisation when she grew up in Kenya. Her extraordinary life and career is detailed here, and we are honoured that she supported Amref throughout her life.
Today, her legacy lives on and the Hungerford Fair goes from strength to strength, with many local and national businesses exhibiting and donating 10% of their proceeds to Amref. One business is ‘A Small Shop in Africa’, whose products are shown in the image. In 2017 and 2018, the proceeds from the Fair will stretch even further, as Sally and Caroline will double them by donating through Amref’s Big Give Christmas Challenge.
On behalf of all at Amref and the people we work with and support across sub-Saharan Africa, we thank the organisers of the Fair and all the attendees.
Find out more:
The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018 (launching on Tuesday, 27th November)