March 2017

Nepal 2011

Categories: Some example of our support in recent years | Posted by: tonyh

I first met Janice Reid when we attended the first meeting of Rotarians on board the Queen Elizabeth 2 in 2011, as is usual when Rotarians get together we each in turn give a resume on what we are doing. Janice intrigued  me when she mentioned Micro Finance. I had heard of work being done with great success in India using Micro loans to empower women.  Janice and I met again to talk further. Janice had been to Nepal and was concerned about the poverty.It is one of the poorest countries on the Planet. We decided to help. My charity and my Rotary Club have been involved ever since.The usual way it works is to describe it as a circle of women who in the first place draw lots as to who will be first to receive a loan. As each repays the loan others join the circle. The scheme works with very few defaults.

In our case we thought that it would better to fill bellies first. We believed that if we could provide each lady with a goat it would enable milk for the family and a little over to sell. We still had the circle of women and the system worked. Each lady who got the first goats gave its first born to the next in line. Janice and I raised enough money ourselves plus my Rotary Club, and not forgetting my pals Pag and Jill, and a Rotary grant to provide 350 goats; and by our calculations the goats will have done the rest themselves in the last 7 years. So each of the 3000 ladies should have a goat. We then assisted with a women’s eye camp, and a women’s medical camp who travelled from Australia led by Janice. They expected about 80 and 400 turned up.

We were then fortunate to work with another a local Rotary Club in Hetauda, here we provided the funds, and help was given in micro loans to the various start up businesses. these ranged from a variety of small shops to dressmakers, and the building of several carts for road side sales. We also supported raising buffalo, goats of course, and pigs. Unfortunately there is still a caste system in Nepal and the Dallits (untouchables )are at the bottom of the heap. They are also the only ones to eat pig so we were able to help.We also helped with the growing of  vegetables. You would assume that Nepal has enough problems but two major earthquakes has added to their plight. we have sent money for blankets, mosquito nets, children’s clothes, and shelter to ease their pain. If all that wasn’t enough India closed its border and many Nepalese faced hunger.

The earthquakes caused 9000 deaths, injured 17000, destroyed 500,000 homes and also destroyed 5000 schools. They are a stoic wonderful people and deserve better. We are still involved.



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Farm- Africa 2005 to 2010

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In 2003 my church was raising funds for Christian Aid  to purchase goats for Africa.  I contributed sufficient money to purchase 25 goats. For some unexplained reason they stopped the venture in 2004 and I was frustrated in my desire to progress the scheme. My letters to Christian Aid were ignored. I then approached Farm-Africa, whose Patron is Michael Palin. This is his story.

“I am writing to ask to do something rather peculiar – buy a goat

I know this sounds like a strange request, but your goat could transform the life of a poor family in Ethiopia, as I discovered for myself when I was filming Pole to Pole there. That was when I met Farm-Africa for the first time, I was so Impressed  by the work they did- particularly the Idea of using a goat to help a poor family- That I have been supporting the charity ever since.

This scheme works in a wonderfully simple way- and is incredibly effective . A family  with no livestock and  little land is loaned a goat. Before long,  the goat is providing nutritious milk for the children and what milk they don’t drink is sold immediately boosting the family’s income, and when the goat has her kids one is repaid to Farm-Africa. while the others are used to buy things the the family needs such as seeds to grow vegetables. Alternatively they can buy books and pens so that children can go to school and also obtain vital medicine  and healthcare if they get sick.

For families like ten- year old Destra’s, the loan of a goat has quite literally been the start of a new life . Her story which I will share with you in a moment, is inspirational and shows the enormous  difference a single goat can make. But sadly we can’t always afford the goats we need to help families like Destra’s -and that’s why we need your support today.

Will you give £27 – and buy a goat that could transform the life of a poor family?

£27 isn’t a huge amount of money. Here it might buy a meal for two. But in one of the world’s poorest countries, it could do so much more – help a poor family build a future that’s free of poverty. And if you need any more convincing, read on and discover how its changed the life of little Destra’s and her family.

Destra lives with her younger brothers in a tiny Village called Funko, south of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. Her family has a small patch of land behind their house, but without an ox to plough the earth or any money to buy seeds the dry hard earth was unusable.

Destra’s father used to work on another farmers land, but he barely earned enough to feed the family. Destra and her brothers were often weak from malnutrition. Her parents were terrified that the children would get ill. They knew that, with no money to buy medicine, the children might not survive. The future looked very bleak. And that’s when Farm- Africa loaned them a goat. The animal changed their lives. Its a cross-bred goat that yields up to 12 times more milk than a local animal. So in the short term, the milk  gave Destra and her brothers the vital nutrition and strength while the surplus was sold to boost the family’s income. And over time, the animal has regularly given birth, allowing Destra’s parents to repay their original loan and use the other animals to buy things they all dreamt of. They’ve bought an ox and seeds and begun cultivating their small patch of land.  All the children pitch in with the planting and harvesting of crops, which include maize,wheat,cabbage,onions and avacdo. There’s more than enough for them, so like the milk, they sell what they don’t need.

But best of all, this new income means that Destra and her brothers go to school-with the exercise books and pens they need to make the most of their education. They love it and, thanks to the original goat, they can look forward to a future where poverty is not inevitable.

As you can see a single goat can change a whole family’s life life. But there are still so many families we cannot reach, simply because we haven’t the funds we need. I have seen the effects of poverty in Ethiopia and it is heartbreaking. without your support, many families will struggle to feed and educate their children, or watch, helpless as they suffer needlessly from illness and disease.

We need your help to ensure children like Destra  can eat today- and look forward to tomorrow where poverty, hunger and disease are not part of their lives. So please fill in a donation form and buy a goat today. Your gift means a world to a child like Destra.

Yours sincerely

Michael Palin



Of course I questioned the £27 cost but decided to support the scheme and our charity donated £1200 per annum for 5 years to help Tanzanian and Kenyan families enjoy a better life. Farm-Africa completed that particular goat scheme. We have since continued to help them by providing funds to buy and plant 20,000 protective trees, as part of the Kenyan Dry Land Farming Project.


Tony H

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The Daisy Appeal 2002 to 2017

22 Mar 2017 | Categories: Uncategorized | Posted by: tonyh

March 2015 Hull Daily Mail

The Daisy Appeal has  given me a future. It has told me that everything will be ok.

Standing in the school play ground Andrew Bourne faced the terror of thinking he would not survive to see his children grow up. He had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after finding a lump on his neck the day after his 42nd Birthday. Mr Bourne who has a 5 year old son and a 2 year old daughter was diagnosed with the condition after undergoing a Pet-Ct scan at the Jack Brignall Centre in Cottingham. Now a second scan only 3 months later has shown all the cancerous hot spots have disappeared, making Mr Bourne the latest patient to benefit from the work of the Daisy Appeal. “To have this facility right here at Castle Hill in this beautiful new building, with its fantastic staff is just incredible” Mr Bourne said.

Janet and I were invited to the launch of the appeal in 2002 by Clive Aber and Peter Lee founding trustees, and friends of ours. Today in 2018 we are still involved  and supporting it in its final stages of development. Clive Aber, Peter Lee and of course Nick Stafford had the vision to start what seemed an impossible journey requiring at least 16 million Pounds  to complete the programme. But Clive told the story of how when he was doing his round of the ward, said to a patient how much easier things would be if he had a particular piece of equipment, by the time he got to the end of his ward visit, a gentleman said “I will give you the funds for that”. Clive said the generosity of Hull people ensured that impossible targets can be reached. I knew the man he was talking about, A Naval veteran and war hero of the Second World War. Clive pressed me to join the board of trustees but I believed that Andrew my son would do a much better job.I have been proved right. Andrew joined the board and I am immensely proud of him, and the board of trustees for the work it has done to help raise the funds and organise the business plan to achieve such wonderful outcomes.

Of course we as a family and through our charitable trust have been able to play our part. Andrew has cycled from Lands End to John O Groats. He has also cycled  across Europe travelling through the Pyrenees. We also collectively gave a smart car for a raffle, this was an attempt to broaden awareness and include North Lincolnshire who use Castle Hills facilities, but are not aware of the Daisy appeal, or what goes on at this side of the Humber.  My Rotary Club have also done their bit with Golf days etc, all adding to the cause.


Tony H



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Avenue Bicycle Project 2012 to 2017

21 Mar 2017 | Categories: Uncategorized | Posted by: tonyh

The charity was approached in 2012 for support to pay the rental of £300 for the storage of Bicycles. The stored bikes 360-400 where intended for Ghana after having been renovated at Humber prison in the bike workshops. This means that everyone wins, the prisoners get to learn a trade and Adults and children living, studying, and working in Ghana and Sierra Leone get the use of a bike, which is life changing.

Since then we have continued our support, Chris Jarrell  has also spoken to the Howden Rotary Club who have also helped as sponsors.

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Hessle Road Young Peoples Network Centre

21 Mar 2017 | Categories: Some example of our support in recent years | Posted by: tonyh

Julie Robinson Chief Officer of the Centre requested assistance for continuing the moving forward project after 2012.

The St Andrews area of Hull ranks in the top 1% of areas of deprivation in the UK. In order to make a positive impact on the lives of young people, the moving forward project was initiated to encompass a range of activities to help young people help themselves.

The scheme is intended to enable young people to :-

Gain transferable Skills

Improve self-awareness

Improve communication skills

Gain recognised national qualifications

Increase levels of confidence and self esteem

Learn the benefits of working in a team and the value of good research

Improve written work and English skills, this will prove beneficial when later applying for jobs/compiling CV’s and attending interviews

We agreed to fund half the cost of the project

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St Johns Church, St Georges Road, Hessle Road 2015, 2016

21 Mar 2017 | Categories: Some example of our support in recent years | Posted by: tonyh

St Johns Church holds good memories for me. It was my Mothers Church and I became both a Choir Boy and a Scout. In recent years I have renewed my connection with the church, at a time when it is being saved and restored, and when so many churches in similar circumstances are closing. It now remains the only Cof E Church on the Western outskirts of Hull. It is a tribute to the Reverend Tony Cotson, that his drive and initiative has restored the Church and its future.

It is also the Fishermen’s Church and holds many memorable items of Hulls Fishing past.

It has been a pleasure to be of help. Firstly in 2015 we have funded the Cafe/ Bar and in 2016 we have paid for the installation of 6 stained glass windows, rescued from the now defunct St Mathews.

Again in 2016 we also helped sponsor the new venture of a children and family worker.

After much delay and following the installation of the six windows Janet and I attended the dedication ceremony, by the lady Bishop of Hull, on the 20th of May 2018

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Holy Trinity Church, Development Project

14 Mar 2017 | Categories: Some example of our support in recent years | Posted by: tonyh

When the present development campaign began in 2014 we met the request of Mr Gilliland to help fund him as freelance development director.

Since then our priority is to help other local churches which are somewhat overlooked, whilst the Holy Trinity has the headlines. Nevertheless we strongly support the venture and will keep the position under review.

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Vulcan Boxing Club

14 Mar 2017 | Categories: Some example of our support in recent years | Posted by: tonyh

Following a request from Seb Glazer of the Vulcan team for funds, we visited the club, which now is using the same premises formerly used by Hull Fish Trades boxing club.

Everyone seemed enthusiastic and we were pleased to help restore Boxing to Heron Street.

June 2013

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