Labour MP Bill Esterson supports Maghull-backed charity which helps children in Kenya

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with To Kenya With Love trustee Di Ball who will be attending Saturday’s Cornish Clotted Cream Tea charity fundraiser.


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson is calling on people from East Sefton to join him for a Cornish clotted cream tea - while at the same time helping schoolchildren in Kenya get a good education.

Maghull Baptist Church is holding its annual Cornish Clotted Cream Tea  fundraising event to raise funds for locally supported charity, To Kenya With Love.

To Kenya With Love is a charity that provides nursery and primary education, accommodation, food and healthcare for disadvantaged children in Kisumu in Kenya. The charity also provides essentials for education, vocational training and offers a chance to break the cycle of poverty and dependence.

Three permanent classrooms, a toilet block, improved facilities have already been built and they are in the process of building a two-storey permanent building for an eight classroom primary school.

Maghull Baptist Church fundraiser Geoff Halligan said the annual fundraising event always gets lots of local support.

Geoff said: "We started this fundraiser very small, but over the years it has grown and grown. It has gone from being a small church fundraiser to become a main community event.

"Last year we we had between 150 to 200 people came along and we raised £1,927 for the charity.

"It really is an excellent event. We have real Cornish clotted cream which is kindly donated by Rodda's creamery in Cornwall. They have been donating cream to us every year since a lady from Cornwall attended and suggested we should really be using real Cornish clotted cream. I wrote to the owner of Rodda's who was more than happy to support us. They have been supplying the cream for free ever since.

"So to try a traditional Cornish clotted cream tea, or even to enjoy some of the other excellent refreshments, come along to Maghull Baptist Church - and help us raise some money for an excellent cause."

People attending Saturday's fundraiser can watch videos detailing the charity's work and take away leaflets.

To find out more about the charity To Kenya With Love, Bill met with Di Ball, also a Maghull Baptist Church member. Di and her husband Phil worked out in Kisumu with To Kenya With Love until their family came along. They are now both trustees of the charity.

Bill said: "Di has told me about some of the excellent work that To Kenya With Love has been doing over the years.

"They are making a real difference to the lives of young people in a really deprived part of the world.

"Education really is a way out of extreme poverty for lots of people throughout the world. But education isn't available to lots of people. There are 60,000,000 children throughout the world who don't go to school. To Kenya With Love is working to change that in one deprived region.

"To Kenya With Love, and the annual Cornish Clotted Cream Tea event at Maghull Baptist Church, is a fantastic cause. They do fantastic work.

"A brilliant cause. A brilliant charity. A brilliant community supported event. And there's some very tasty treats for us all to enjoy when we get there."

The Great Annual Cornish Clotted Cream Tea in aid of To Kenya With Love is held at Maghull Baptist Church Hall, Hall Lane, Maghull from 2pm-4.30pm on Saturday, September 14.


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