Readers donate £1,230 following our appeal to help Haiti orphans
DONATIONS have poured in after a Grimsby Telegraph appeal to help the orphans of Haiti.
We reported on the plan by Grimsby minister the Reverend John Fenner to help build an extension to an orphanage in the earthquake-hit country.
And less than three weeks after the article appeared, it looks like the target has been reached.
A total of £1,230 in donations have been posted to the Grimsby Telegraph by generous readers.
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In addition, Mr Fenner has also received a number of donations directly, including:
£70 from St John's Church, Tetney.
£350 from the South Killingholme Methodist Church.
£100 each from two individuals.
Mr Fenner has also received pledges of support from Humberston and Laceby Methodist Churches, and Trinity Youth Methodist Church in Immingham has pledged to donate the proceeds of its 40th anniversary pantomime gala performance to the cause.
Mr Fenner said:"There are so many appeals and so many good causes that it is difficult to find extra money for emergencies, but people have gone the extra mile."
As reported, Mr Fenner is aiming to build an extension to the boy's dormitory which will create spaces for an extra 25 children – a project which will cost about £5,500. His charity, the Amma Foundation, has received £3,500 from a church in Spain, and is appealing for help to raise the final £2,000. Cleethorpes builder Matthew Snow is planning a 1,500-mile bike ride around the coast of Ireland to raise £3,500 for an extension to the girl's dormitory, and funds have also been raised by John Bumphrey, a Rotarian from the south of England, to build a latrine and shower block for the complex.
Mr Fenner said: "I think we have reached our target, so we should be able to do everything we are planning to do."
Mr Fenner is planning to return to Cap Haitien, the country's second city, in the spring to oversee the extension. He said: "I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has given us a vote of confidence and we promise to spend every penny as efficiently as possible."
To make a donation, send a cheque made payable to the Amma Foundation, to Haiti Orphanage Appeal, Grimsby Telegraph, 80 Cleethorpe Road, Grimsby, DN31 3EH.