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Charity begins at home, and we at Thornley Kelham are proud to support the Bala Childrens' Centre in Homa Bay on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya. Simon and Vittoria visited the centre a few of years ago with their children, and were very impressed with the work the centre are doing in providing over 450 abandoned children with shelter, clothing, food, medical care and, above all, a good education.
We were struck by the love, support and care provided by the staff who are dedicated to giving these children a chance of a normal life. Education plays a large part, with Bala coming top of the regional schools during the 2009 exams, an astonishing achievement for children who have virtually nothing but a solid determination!
Fund raising fetes held in the Cotswolds where our dedicated staff helped chauffeur paying customers for short rides around the pretty Cotswold lanes in a classic or vintage car raise nearly £3000 which will go a long way to helping the centre provide for the children. We also make an annual donation in lieu of postage by sending out a digital Christmas card to all our vlaued customers and suppliers.