Holy Island – Annual Art For Life 2017!

We are delighted to announce that we will be having this year’s Art For Life exhibition on Holy Island. You will be able to find us at The Crossman Hall, Holy Island,  31 July and 1 August 2017. We can’t wait to see you all, and look forward to showing you our latest...

A Six-month update on The Destitute Orphans & Elders Project for The Suzy Fund

Summary of the Project Within Ethiopia, over five million children - around 12% of Ethiopia’s total child population - are categorised as orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) (Save the Children, 2010).  Poverty and deaths of parents due to disease, armed conflict, recurrent drought and its subsequent food shortage/famine are all responsible factors. Ethiopia holds one of the largest populations of orphan and vulnerable children in the world. It is estimated that between 40-60% of orphans live in grandparent-headed households, who often have insufficient sources of income. These elders face many difficulties in meeting their own basic needs, let alone those of their families. Many of Ethiopia’s four million people over the age of 60 have no access to a state pension and were unable to save for their old age. If they have no family to support them, or they are caring for an orphaned relative, their only other option is to live and beg on the streets. Furthermore, many elders are living with chronic health conditions – some serious others more mild, but all debilitating. Thanks to the generous funding of The Suzy Fund, Ethiopiaid and DEWADA have been able to provide elderly people and their vulnerable dependents with a package of tailored welfare support.  We have been able to address these needs and ensure that the elders are well-cared for and that children are able to obtain an education and make a brighter future for themselves. Project Activities   In the last 6 months, 100 orphans and their elderly caregivers have been receiving a monthly payment of 100 Birr (around £3.50). The other 100 children have been...

Warkworth was wonderful

We had a wonderful week in Warkworth in 2016 where we managed to raise £700 for Suzy with our Art For Life sale. Thank you to everyone who made it happen, can’t wait for 2017!  

Another successful week!

After a lovely time in Alnmouth we are able to send £550 to Suzy, that’s 5,500 meals, despite two wet days when visitors stayed cosy at home. Thanks to everyone in our ‘family’ team. Already planning next year. Many thanks to the North East & Glasgow branch (below)...

Art for life – Alnmouth 2015

The Suzy Fund annual exhibition ‘Art for Life’ this year is in The Hindmarsh Hall Alnmouth Sunday 26 - Wednesday 29 July 10 30 - 3 30. It’s a great chance to buy affordable art and help our great cause. We look forward to seeing you...

Suzy in Alnmouth

We are delighted to announce that Art for Life 2015 will be at The Hindmarsh Hall Alnmouth, Sunday 26 July to Wednesday 29 July 2015 We hope to see lots of you there! The Suzy Team

Suzy at 40

As of today, 1st May, the Suzy Fund has collected £803,108.48 and distributed over £800,000. Over the last 16 months we have sent a total of £46,700 to charities working in areas of war, famine and poverty: Medecins Sans Frontieres (Africa, Syria & Gaza) £11,000 Ethiopiad £7,400 Cafod (Africa -Ebola, Syria) £5,000 Oxfam (South Sudan - water) £5,000 Mary’s Meals (Africa) £4,000 Save the Children (Africa) £3,000 Maria Regina Convent (Peru) £2,400 Tariro (Supporting orphaned children in Zimbabwe) £2,000 Sister Rose Carmel (Romanian orphanages) £2,000 Taize Operation Hope (Central Africa) £1,000 Ehdi Foundation (Orphanages & medical centres Pakistan) £1,000 Hope & Homes for Children (Africa & Eastern Europe) £1,000 Concern Worldwide (Africa) £800 Zikoma Trust (Malawi - schools) £600 Bukit Harapan (Borneo - orphanage) £500 We thought it would be appropriate to celebrate Suzy’s Ruby Anniversary. To this end, we are hosting a Simple Soup Supper for Suzy in St Peter & Paul’s Parish Centre on Friday 22nd May. We have invited the priests who have been at the parish over the last forty years and representatives of some of the charities that the Suzy Fund has supported, to tell us how Suzy has helped. Tickets are priced at £2, just to cover the cost of the soup, but we will, of course, be taking a Suzy collection on the night If anyone would like to come, just drop me an email at: PHaley@talktalk.net....

A visit to Addis Ababba

I had been in Ethiopia as part of the British Universities Kayaking Expedition. Unfortunately my time out there was cut short due to a dislocated shoulder. Whilst I was there I managed to get to the feeding stations the Suzy Trust raises money for. My Mum had gone to the Art sale at Seahouses and learned about the Suzy Trust. Once back in Addis I left to try and locate one of the feeding stations, in retrospect I could have made my life easier by simply asking one of the children on the street where I could find them, as they all know. However it would have meant missing out on experiencing the east side of Addis and finding out about the Hope International School. Hope International is the charity that runs the feeding stations as well as a school and university. The School is situated on the ‘other’ side of town, in the east where the slum area is, with the aim of being close to those who need it most. Representatives from Hope go out into the slums to find their new students. Once a student they are given breakfast and lunch, an education, stationery, a uniform and their families are given a small allowance. Despite it being the middle of the summer holidays the school was teaming with life, the children come to use the library and play with their friends in a safe environment. The food for the feeding stations is also prepared up in the school kitchens. The main diet of Ethiopians is Ingera (a soured fermented pancake) and some kind of spicey sauce, mainly...

We did it!

Our founder Brian celebrated his 80 birthday in September and he was delighted to announce that his special day coincided with The Suzy Fund reaching the wonderful total of £750,000. Well done Brian and all of our wonderful supporters. Brian is now handing over some of the reins to Paul and Monica Haley from St Peter and Paul parish, although he will still play a very active part in The Suzy...

Suzy in Seahouses

The Suzy Fund team are in Seahouses this week for the annual Art for Life pop-up exhibition. Art for Life is showcasing the eclectic and affordable work of artists across England and Scotland including photography, original paintings and limited edition prints, stationery, jewellery and driftwood homeware. Prices range from £1 to £300 or just pop in for a cuppa for a small donation. Monday 29th July-Saturday 3rd August, 10am-5pm Methodist Church, Main Street,...