Get Involved - Raise Funds for Footprints in 2019 .
No matter how big or small all of the money goes to the children.
Whether you work in a school, are involved in church activities, belong to a WI group or any other community group, why not think about raising money for our small charity Footprints Children's Home.
We have dedicated committee members who are happy to give talks and presentations about the home and their experiences of volunteering at Footprints.
So why not contact us and we will arrange for one of our enthusiastic team to come along to inspire you to get involved.
Chris Callow decided to get involved with Movember. He spent all of November growing this impressive moustache - only to shave it off at the end of the month!
He raised an amazing £60.
It never ceases to amaze me how acts of kindness can really make a difference.
Thanks Chris, your donation will really help out in Kenya.
The Parish Church of Saint James - Barton Under Needwood
The PCC at The Parish Church of Saint James - Barton Under Needwood sent Footprints a cheques for £120 .
We would like to thank them for thinking of us.
Christmas Cards 20% to go to Footprints.
Abbie Law has painted these pictures and created Christmas cards.
She is selling them and giving 20% of the profits to Footprints.
Thank you Abbie.
Wesley Guild, Trinity Methodist, Linton continue to support Footprints
4th November 2019
Marian Askew, volunteer presented Rita Walton, secretary and members of the Wesley Guild, Trinity Methodist, Linton with a thank you for their continued support and generous donations to Footprints over the past year totalling £270.
Your continued support is greatly appreciated
Rachel Kipling Accepts the 550 Mile Challenge!
Rachel noticed that she had racked up some decent trail mileage this year, so she decided to give herself a challenge of running 500 miles before the end of the year. Her friend saw this and challenged her to do an extra 50 miles - so the challenge became 550 miles.
She hopes to raise £1 for every mile that she runs, working towards a grand total of £550. Her chosen charity is Footprints.
Thank you to everyone who is supporting her - we know she will be successful in meeting her challenge.
Church Gresley Ladies After8 group and Hartshorne Ladies
Thursday 17th October Marian Askew, Footprints Volunteer was delighted to see that members of Church Gresley Ladies After8 group and Hartshorne Ladies had dressed for the occasion at their joint meeting in animal print attire.
Footprints animal print bags were a complete sellout!!
This was Marian's second visit to the group and the ladies loved hearing about the adorable 'little ones', the acedemic achievements of the older children, Footprints self sufficiency project plus the wonderful work that the children do in the local community.
Lots of interest was shown and questions asked, with many members quoting what a truly inspirational lady Mama Kerry is.
An amazing £151 was raised from generous donations. Thank you all so much, it is truly appreciated.
Asante Sana Sana
From Riberac in France to Footprints in Kenya, the party has happened.
Linda Blackie's halloween party raised 320 Euros on the night and the company that they work with donated £100 on Justgiving.
It was an amazing evening with some fabulous people wanting to support Footprints.
A huge 'thank you' to them all.
From Riberac in France to Footprints in Kenya.
Linda and Richard visited Footprints 5 years ago - ever since their company, Systems Assured Ltd have been donating and fundraising.
Once a year they organise a large fancy dress party. Around 50 people attend from the local area including English locals and our French friends.
This year the grand event will take place on 26th October 2019.
There will be a raffle and all of the prizes have been donated by our French friends and neighbours.
We look forward to a fun filled evening raising funds for the Footprint's family.,
Tuesday 17th September
Talk to Leicester O50 (Over 50 Club) by Marian Askew, Volunteer
Tuesday 17th September
Talk to Leicester O50 (Over 50 Club) by Marian Askew, Volunteer
A total of £85 was raised from the committee and members who were interested to hear how Marian first got involved with Footprints Orphanage.
Marian has known Kerry for many years and taken a big interest in the children, raising money by holding small garden parties with friends and cake sales at work. On retirement in 2016, she took the opportunity and spent a wonderful month volunteering at Footprints, something she'd always longed to do. In 2018 she went out again taking three friends with her.
Marian went on to talk bout her time there with the beautiful children and the amazing, inspirational lady that Mama Kerry is.
"Thank you for an interesting afternoon and we trust that thevorphanage will keep going from strength to strength" Sally Talbot, Events.
To find out more about volunteering at Footprints please take a look at the volunteer page or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
An unusual and challenging fundraiser.
Coral Hayward, who is one of the participants in the Russell Roof Tiles Charity fundraiser ‘Walk for Life - Pitching for Pennies’ fundraiser tells us all about what they have done.
A number of employees and some of their partners have walked over a million steps in the last 3.5 months which is the distance Russell Roof Tiles Managing Director, Andrew Hayward, calculated as the amount of steps it would take if you were able to walk from their Stretton Head Office to Footprints, in Kenya.
This has been a very challenging challenge and the participants have had to contend with adverse weather conditions, dogs not willing to participate in walkies on certain days, due to the number of steps, injuries and not to mention those blisters, but they have all excelled and everyone at Footprints 👣 is so extremely grateful. Coral posted “Well that’s me done for another great charity 🚶♀️🏃♀️👣 - I’m officially hanging up my walking trainers #ChallengeCompleted 105 days = 1,356,297 steps done, I truly hope that we have helped to raise awareness for The Footprints Orphanage and the wonderful work that Kerry does looking after the vulnerable children in her care.
Just knowing every penny myself and the team have raised will be matched by Russell Roof Tiles, makes every blister and every step walked all worth while.
A huge thank you to Coral, Andrew and all the Russell Roof Tiles team for Walking to enhance the lives of all of our children 👣
Raising Funds by Sky Diving.
Jamie Pegg wearing his wonderful t-shirt he had designed and printed especially for his fundraising skydive on the 16th July, in memory of Holly Brown and for Footprints.
👣 Thank you Jamie #BeMoreHolly #footprintsorphanage
It’s not too late to donate to Jamie’s justgiving page.
Huge congratulations to Jamie Pegg and Miss Evans (JTHS) who completed their
skydive for Footprints.
A fantastic effort! Well done.
A huge thank you from all at Footprints 👣
Barton under Needwood Gardens Festival - July 2019
Barton under Needwood Gardens Festival
This event took place over 3 days at Barton under Needwood. It was a great weekend for the whole family.
There were Teddy Rides, Open gardens a tea and cakes tent and lots of things to do.
The Friday night opening Concert with Fusion singers was a wonderful start to what proved to be a superb weekend.
The photos show the prizegiving at the Bowls Club when Footprints Trustee Paul Spencer received a cheque from the chairman of the Festival Committee.
Thankyou to all of the whole Festival Organisers for a great weekend and for the money raised for Footprints Orphanage in Kenya.
Join us for a Coffee Morning for Footprints.
Join us for a coffee morning on Saturday 8th June 2019.
10.30am - 12.30 pm.
At 26 Guinevere Avenue, Stretton.
£1.50 for coffee and biscuits.
All proceeds go to Footprints Orphanage.
Laura and Paul. x
Charnwood Ladies Club Visit May 2019
14th May 2019
Margaret Leonard and Marian Askew, Volunteers, spent a lovely afternoon spreading the love of Footprints Children’s Home at Charnwood Ladies Club, Whitwick Methodist Church, Leicestershire.
“Thank you very much for coming to talk to us today about your experiences with Footprints Orphanage. It seems such a happy place for the children after their awful start in life - you are obviously very attached to them as you know them all by their names and their individual characters.
I know I speak for our ladies who thoroughly enjoyed your talk and I hope the charity continues to go from strength to strength - thank you very much, once again for sharing your time at Footprints with us.
Secretary Charnwood Ladies Club”
Thank you for the warm welcome we received, kind donations and merchandise sold totalling £72.
Knitted Jelly Baby Dolls for the Children - May 2019
Ann Johnson, from the Alestree WI has spent many hours knitting a range of jelly baby dolls. She has also made them each a blanket to be snuggled in.
I know that the children will love these - perhaps we will have to send out some packets of jelly babies too, so that they know what they are. I don't think we can get jelly babies in Ukunda!
It never ceases to amaze me home kind and thoughtful people are. I'd like to thank Ann for her time, creativity and love.
The children will adore these little characters.
Gifts for Footprints April 2019.
The Chair and his wife of The Burton Stroke Association, provided these beautiful gifts for birthday and Christmas presents for the children.
There are books, toys, puzzles, all of which will be loved out in Kenya.
With 37 children, finding gifts is a huge job and costly, so it is fabulous when people spend their time and effort thinking about what will make the children smile.
A huge thank you for all of these gifts.
Acoustic Union play at the Footprints fundraiser in Nottingham - March 2019
Jo and Rob Menzies held a fundraising evening at The Canal House in Nottingham.
130 friends and family joined the evening, where Acoustic Union, a local band played.
Everyone had a fun filled evening and raised an amazing £3200.
A huge 'thank you' goes to everyone for joining the evening, to Collins Cash and Carry, who providing a huge amount of prizes for the instant raffle and The Canal House for making us so welcome.
We all enjoyed the music, fish finger and chip rolls and the wonderful company.
Patrick was in the UK, so came along and joined the evening, meeting lots of new friends.
Thank you everyone for your support and care.
DeMontfort Chase Wealth Management Partner Practice, of St James Place.
Patrick and I were fortunate to meet with Justin Bullimore and his team at DeMontfort Chase Wealth Management Partner Practice, of St James Place.
we are truly grateful of their support and warm welcome and their genuine interest in our vision for Footprints and our children.
Thank you to you all.
BCP Partners support Footprints.
Footprints and our children wish to thank Lisa Kent and her entire team at BCP Partners for their generosity and commitment.
Last year we just missed out on our nomination bid from BCP but this year we have just received the news that we were successful and we have been chosen as their charity to support, we are extremely grateful to Lisa for her belief in Footprints and continuing to put us forward once again Our children continue to grow and flourish with support like this.
Thank You to All
Alestree WI - February 2019.
Jo Menzies, Trustee, visited the Alestree WI group in Derby. The group were given an update on life out in Kenya, at Footprints.
The ladies were fascinated and asked many questions about the children and how they are getting on.
Last year the ladies made dolls and sent them out to the children, they also collected underwear. With 37 children of all ages you can imagine how much underwear is needed. So once again they decided to make another collection and did a wonderful job.
They also donated £100 to continue their support.
Asante Sana, to them all.
Since January 2019, Marian Askew, Footprints Committee Member and Volunteer has been out visiting groups giving talks of how the children are flourishing with the love and care given to them.
Pingle Academy Swadlincote
Queen’s Hospital Burton Volunteers
Lichfield Ladies Probus Group
Burton and District Stroke Association
Swadlincote Conservative Ladies
Newton Solney Tuesday Club
Church Gresley Methodist Church Afternoon Fellowship
Linton New Group
Some of the ladies of ‘Linton New Group’ worked with Kerry at M&S in Burton-on-Trent remembering her with fond admiration, pride, determination and excellent organisational skills. Kerry visited the group some years ago to talk about the 10 children she had at that time and the daily struggles living in the remote Shimba Hills with no electricity or running water. The group were amazed to here that Footprints now has 36 children, employs over 15 staff as housemothers and housefathers, has running water and electricity plus a sustainability project. They loved seeing photos of how the children have grown with some now attending senior school plus hearing about and seeing photos of the newer children. Although saddened by some of stories of the children they have full admiration for Kerry and the work of Footprints. A favourite photo was of Mama Kerry dressed like an African Queen with Uncle Patrick at ‘Guardian Day August 2018’ when the children’s extended family were invited along to see how the children are progressing and keeping family links.
Over £1,400 has been raised from donations at these talks and presentations.
Trinity Methodist Chapel Ladies Fellowship Group raised £90 from a Footprints donation box at their fortnightly meetings at the chapel. A talk is scheduled for November.
Extract from a letter received from the secretary of Newton Solney Tuesday Club,
“I cannot thank you enough for your delightful talk on Tuesday. So interesting and informative. It is good to see a charity that benefits so much directly from the donations given. It is hard for us to comprehend what these children have gone through before they are fortunate enough to be with people who actually care so much”.
A very big thank you to all the above groups for your interest, support and generous donations, it is greatly appreciated.
St Mary’s Church, Rolleston-on-Dove continue to support Footprints
£285 was raised at St Mary’s Church, Rolleston-on-Dove at their Christmas Eve Nativity Service.
Rev Ian Whitehead’s creativity and imaginative hands-on approach ensured all the children and congregation were involved in the service.
A huge thank you to Rolleston Church for their generous donations and support and especially Ian, who sadly for the church, is moving on to new pastures in Crich, Derbyshire in March.
Footprints wish you all the very best Ian for your future, you have been a tremendous support over the years, it is greatly appreciated.