Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson joins charity fundraiser

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson joins Maghull Baptist Church members and To Kenya With Love charity workers Phil and Di Ball and daughter Maiya.


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson joined To Kenya With Love charity supporters at Maghull Baptist Church for a special fundraising event last week.

The MP attended the church's 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 and 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.

Hundreds of East Sefton supporters of the charity flocked to Maghull Baptist Church for the annual fundraiser.

Maghull Baptist Church member and To Kenya with Love charity workers Phil and Di Ball thanked Bill Esterson for supporting the event and told him that this year's fundraiser had been the most successful yet.

Di said: "So far we have raised £2,372, which is a fantastic amount. In the seven years we have ran it, it has been the most given at that event. Thanks to the generosity of everyone that came.

"Throughout the day we had more than 350 people come along to support To KenyaWith Love.

"Everyone enjoyed the large spread of different foods on offer as well as the homemade scones. Members from Maghull Baptist Church were up very earlySaturday morning baking the scones and cakes.

"We had a tent with face-painting and craft for children, which also proved popular."

Di said the money raised on the day will go towards funding the completion of the building of a school in one of the most deprived areas of Kenya.

Di said: "In November we will be starting work to build the top storey of four classrooms of our two storey height building. The final phase of our school will then be complete.

"We will then from next year have three nursery classrooms and eight classrooms for the primary school. This will mean that we will have 310 children from the local slum area who will be able to complete their whole schooling with us.

"We would like to thank everyone from Maghull and the whole of East Sefton for supporting us and helping to make possible the invaluable work we are doing inKenya."

Bill Esterson said he was delighted to see so many people support Maghull Baptist Church's efforts to help To Kenya With Love.

Bill said: "To Kenya With Love is doing fantastic work out in Kenya helping young people who wouldn't normally have the access to education. Access to eduction is something we take for granted in this country because of our fantastic comprehensive education system, but around the world there are 60,000,000 children who aren't so lucky.

"The work that Di and Phil are doing with To Kenya With Love, with the support of Maghull Baptist Church and the people of East Sefton is making a real difference tosome of the most deprived young people in the world.

"It was a pleasure to join the church's annual Clotted Cream Tea fundraiser and it was a pleasure to taste some of the fantastic homemade sandwiches, cakes scones. I will definitely be attending again next year."

To find out more about To Kenya With Love, go to

 Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Maghull Baptist Church To Kenya With Love Clotted Cream Tea fundraiser organisers Geoff Halligan, Phil and Di Ball and daughter Maiya.


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