13 Feb Shrewsbury’s banking on breakfast
Supporters of Medic Malawi are celebrating after winning the backing of a town bank to host one in a series of Big Breakfasts to raise thousands of pounds for life saving work in Africa.
And Medic Malawi appealed for as many groups and individuals as possible to take part in Breakfast for Malawi from March 8 to 10.
Already Barclay’s Bank in Shrewsbury town centre has offered to hold a breakfast event for customers on March 8 in its lobby until noon.
Volunteers from the charity will be on hand to give leaflets to customers while they enjoy coffee donated by Starbucks and croissants donated by Marks and Spencers.
Stephen Drew, who runs the charity as a volunteer from his home in Belle Vue, said: “We wanted to find a way people in Shropshire could raise money to fund our work while having fun.
“Breakfast for Malawi is perfect for this. Last year’s event was our first attempt and was more successful than we could have imagined.
“People held breakfasts throughout the UK and even in Kazakhstan, New Zealand and Malawi itself.
“We raised £16,000 last year, thanks to many relatively small events, a couple of big events, and a wonderful matching Grant from the Mabel Harper Trust.
“This year I want us to beat this target and I am confident with the excellent help and contribution from the public we can do this.”
Mr Drew said: “The breakfast event can be adapted in all sorts of ways. Last year we had ‘Breakfasts in the Workplace’ on the Friday morning; we had breakfasts on a different, more convenient day; there were afternoon tea parties, coffee mornings; two birthday parties – at each end of the age range, a picnic at Twickenham and even a Box at the Opera. All these ideas, and more, were really generous and really appreciated.”
John Earl, branch manager at Barclays in Shrewsbury said: “Barclays has a fantastic community investment programme that encourage employees to get involved in the charities and causes that are important to them.
“It’s about giving back our skills, time,and energy to support our local communities – so we’re thrilled to help raise money and match fund to help Medic Malawi.”
Mr Drew added: “Every penny that we raise goes to help people in need in Malawi. It helps to fund a hospital in Mtunthama, together with a clinic for feeding the malnourished and an orphanage for 85 children.
“I just sure that the people of Shropshire will really get behind our cause and help us to continue our important work.”
For more information about organising an event and for a breakfast pack, which includes invite cards, information and gift aid forms e-mail Mr Drew at firstname.lastname@example.org.