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MLMT - Christmas 2017 Newsletter


Friends and family gathered on the evening of October 4 at Winchester House, near Putney Bridge, together with representatives from 3 of the charities we have supported, to celebrate THE MARTIN LAWRENCE MEMORIAL TRUST's achievements over the last three years.

After Drinks and Canapes Stephen welcomed everyone and Tricia thanked her fellow trustees, Susannah Dibben, James Lawson and Mark Caswell (who was away in Scotland so unable to be present) for their hard work and support. She also thanked MLMT Patrons, Judith Chalmers, Neil Durden-Smith and Sir David Reid before introducing our 'Thank you' video about our projects showing how MLMT has put smiles on the faces of so many children in Africa and the UK. Do watch it by clicking here.

The final cheque to complete our 3-year commitment to Send a Cow's Wolayita project was presented to Nick Carroll (SaC UK Director) and Victoria Barnes with the added bonus that the £10, 645 will be doubled by UK Aid (as will all donations to SaC from Oct 1-Dec 31 2017 )

Everyone then enjoyed lots of delicious 'bowl' food as they chatted and caught up with old friends. A most successful final evening for the Trust!


At a recent Trustees Meeting it was agreed that MLMT should cease at the end of this financial year, 31 January 2018, and that all remaining funds would be divided equally between our 3 main charities - The Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust, Send a Cow and SKRUM. The trustees felt so much had been achieved and wanted to end on a 'high' and felt our Celebration Party was a fitting final event.

A final Annual Review will be prepared following our application for Gift Aid Rebate on donations during 2017, so that our closing accounts can be included. It is hoped some of our supporters will wish to continue to give to one or more of our causes. Tricia has pledged to support Send a Cow's DAWURO LIVELIHOODS PROJECT, which will run for 3 years from Jan 2018 to June 2021 in central Ethiopia. Dawuro is extremely remote: 61% of people live in poverty and families experience hunger 4.7 months per year as they struggle to grow enough food and have lost hope in farming as a means of making a living. 79% are under 30, so many young people migrate to urban areas in the hope of finding work. As well as training in food production, the project will promote sanitation & hygiene and provide access to clean water by developing 6 springs and equipping schools with roof water-harvesting. Tricia will be visiting our MLMT supported projects and the Dawuro area and Send a Cow extends an invitation to other MLMT supporters to join her as they know only too well the power of seeing the work, staff and communities first hand. Do let Tricia know if you might like to join her on her fourth Ethiopian visit - with the opportunity to extend your trip to visit Ethiopia's amazing sites in the North.

May we close by wishing all our supporters a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS with the hope that 2018 will be a good year for people all around the world.