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Teams to make our dreams-come-true

8 June 2018

It’s been fantastic to have support in the warehouse over our particularly busy period.

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We're Hiring!

5 June 2018

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Volunteering Experience

1 May 2018

Our time at Operation Orphan has been a really great experience for our Duke of Edinburgh award.

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Developments at HQ

24 April 2018

Since Rob started working with Operation Orphan in January, we have seen many changes in the office and warehouse!

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In-Kind Donations

24 April 2018

We are so grateful to local Beeston company J&B Autos for supporting us by letting us use their vans!

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Running with Purpose!

23 April 2018

James got in touch with Operation Orphan last year when we put out a Facebook post advertising our first ever charity place in the London Marathon.

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Duke of Edinburgh Award

20 April 2018

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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Forget-Me-Notts Easter 2018

29 March 2018

Our Easter Forget-Me-Notts has been amazing this year. We have had support from all our faithful friends who support us year on year as well as some new faces.

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Team Building in the Warehouse

22 March 2018

WE have been super lucky this week to have the help of teams from various local companies.

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Happy Shopper

18 March 2018

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Sewing Club

6 March 2018

So great to get feedback from our Amatelaz project in Zimbabwe.

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100% Success

12 February 2018

I spoke to Philip this morning who was excited to tell me some great news.

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Thanks from Cahul

19 January 2018

We have received a heart-warming letter of gratitude from the Head of Social Welfare and Family Protection Division Cahul, Moldova. We've used Google Translate to enable us to share the letter with our supporters.

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Merry Christmas from Nepal

12 January 2018

I don’t think I’ve ever experienced dust quite like the dust of Kathmandu in the dry season!! I will remember this trip for 3 things: dust, majestic mountains and the Nepali people. The dust made you choke, the mountains took my breath away and the people captured my heart!

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Experiences of Amatelaz

23 November 2017

It was such a joy to visit Amatelaz Homework Centre and experience the enthusiasm and passion of the 37 children that regularly attend.

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Natasha's News

23 November 2017

When I met up with Natasha she had two more A level exams to sit and then she would have completed her secondary school education. She was writing Maths, Biology and Chemistry.

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Maxwell, Almost There!

17 November 2017

I caught up with Maxwell this week who is in the process of handing in his course work having completed his final exams. This is the end of his three year teacher training course and he will know his results just before Christmas.

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Shepherd's Success

17 November 2017

I had the privilege of meeting Shepherd at Zimbos Cafe in Mutare.

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Bloggin about Jogging

6 November 2017

As you may have heard, our pioneer Hope Alive Tour run was not ONLY fun but an enormous success.

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Cubbies for the Grin

3 October 2017

We are so grateful to Lee White and the team at Cubbies who sorted out a donation of over 2,000 teddies!  These are so cute and it’s such a great feeling to know that we are able to give out great quality, brand new cuddly toys.

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Learning in Vietnam

26 September 2017

The children at the Friendship House have just finished their second school term.  We are very happy that 6 of our children have achieved above average results this term.

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The Knitty Gritty

25 September 2017

My recent trip to Antigua was a sudden response to Hurricane Irma. This wasn’t on our agenda until an opportunity presented itself which was simply too good to refuse.

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Mudslide Crisis Response Sierra Leone

19 September 2017

In the early hours of the morning on 14th August 2017 Freetown was hit by devastating flooding and mudslides.

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Fit For Purpose!

12 September 2017

Just look at all this amazing stuff! When our Global Expedition team was in Sierra Leone earlier this year , we asked Kippy (Founder & Country Director of Heaven Homes) what kind of items are most needed.

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Sustainability is Key!

12 September 2017

Since partnering with Marie and Donald to help the orphans in DR Congo we have been able to share lots of positive stories.

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A little Rice

11 September 2017

UN Coordintor in Nepal reports: ‘As of 16 August, 18,320 families are confirmed to have been displaced, and 75,000 families affected by the flooding.

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Fundraising in Wing

31 July 2017

I received an unexpected but lovely call last week from someone we met during the Hope Alive Tour.

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The Box

25 July 2017

It is the rainy season in Sierra Leone and it is the rainy season in the West Highlands of Scotland. The sky is heavy and grey; the glen is just like Eyeore’s Gloomy Place with swarms of midgies for added measure.

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Newlove in the Warehouse

6 July 2017

This week we were delighted to have David Newlove join us here in Nottingham. David was one of the 12 runners who took part in the Hope Alive Tour in April.

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Preparing to Keep a Child Warm

18 May 2017

As the weather (hopefully) starts to warm up here, we are making plans for this year’s distribution of winter clothes.

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Starting the New Term

15 May 2017

We have just received these lovely photos from Ghana. The children are looking smart in their new uniforms, all ready for the new term ahead. We wish them all the best with their studies.

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Friendship House, Hanoi

15 May 2017

We have received this update from our partners, GMT…

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The Pins and Needles Knitting Club

9 May 2017

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Children of Hope – March 2017

9 May 2017

Some sad news. Nancy Chulu, the Care Coordinator for Children of Hope, whom we have worked with since before Operation Orphan was registered, passed away from cancer at the end of last year.

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Pencott from strength to strength

9 May 2017

“I’d love the children who come to Pencott to leave with an impact in their heart as well as their mind”.  Philip, Director at Pencott Valley School, told us this on the first day of our most recent trip in February.

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Julia’s Sierra Leone Trip

8 May 2017

The first thing that hits you about Sierra Leone is the heat – literally, as you step off the plane, smack! There it is!

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Under the Mango Tree

27 April 2017

Write something for a blog! A blog! I have never blogged in my life. Do I really have to?

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A Dream Come True

18 April 2017

Red dust between my toes, insect bites plastered all over my legs, yet I’m the happiest I’ve been in a long time. My dream has always been to help children who have lost their parents and this week I realised how this dream has become reality.

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Keep a Child Learning Tertiary Scholarship Fund

21 March 2017

Securing a child’s education lays the foundation for them to build a strong future. When a child is orphaned they often become the lowest priority and can be seen as a financial burden to the extended family that absorbs them into care.

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Donation Celebration

20 March 2017

We would just like to take a moment to celebrate the financial donations to Operation Orphan that are now coming in from all over the world.

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Update from Ghana

20 March 2017

Our first trip up to the Medical Centre (since being back in Ghana) again highlighted the amazing work it continues to undertake in such a remote and harsh environment.

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Hope for Life Update March 2017

20 March 2017

Since its formation, Hope for Life has helped hundreds of children living with HIV/AIDS in Mutare.

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Stories from Sakubva

16 March 2017

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Safe Travels

7 March 2017

Donald and Marie are travelling to Congo in March to continue the work of developing the new home and they will also be working at expanding the productivity of the farm.

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Pop-up Shop

3 March 2017

A couple of years ago we had a successful fundraiser called #LOVECLOTHES. It was a fashion show using lots of gorgeous clothing donated to us for fundraising purposes.

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Meeting need in the Midlands

23 January 2017

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Letters to Pencott

12 January 2017

Today we popped into one of our long term schools who have been supporting Pencott Valley Primary School in Uganda for over 8 years. This school has really understood the importance of sustained income and we are thrilled that we can come back and update them on how we’ve used their donations.

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Yarn in Yorkshire

15 December 2016

We had been invited to talk to a group of ladies at their afternoon monthly meeting about our part in Keep a Child Warm.

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Update from Nepal

2 December 2016

Together with the National Mission Commission of Nepal, we are financially supporting 13 orphan children in Nepal. Some of these children lost their parents during the earthquake in 2015.

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Now I am the Father!

1 December 2016

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Christmas gifts for children in care

29 November 2016

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Children of Hope Mid Year Update 2016

24 November 2016

The Children of Hope team in Zimbabwe are doing a tremendous job, in very difficult circumstances, to maintain the high level of care and support for these children.

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Assessments at Amatelaz

24 November 2016

Following recent school exams, Jacob and I decided to ask the children at Amatelaz Homework Centre to assess how their learning and behaviour has improved and what could still be improved on.

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Blankets, blankets and more blankets!

14 November 2016

The Sun on Sunday launched their knitting campaign (with the help of Loving Hands) at the end of October.

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Bubbles and Face Paints = Love and Laughter

21 October 2016

It’s been an eventful week. A different week to what we had expected but nonetheless we have made a small yet significant difference to those we have come into contact with.

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Who decided that business isn’t personal?

4 October 2016

Operation Orphan’s marketing is provided free of charge from The Media Collective.  We’d like to share co-founder Jez Currin’s heart-warming blog with you.

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Amatelaz News September 2016

1 October 2016

June has sent through some photos of the children working hard at the Amatelaz Homework Centre. The children all attend school and then after the school day come along to the Homework Centre. What incredible commitment and determination!

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International Crisis Response Team

28 September 2016

This report from a global security company underpins why we are building an International Crisis Response capability within Operation Orphan.

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Chilwell School supports orphans in Sierra Leone

14 September 2016

What a fantastic way to kick off the new school year. This week, I visited the year 8s at Chilwell School to receive a fabulous donation.

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Signing in the Community

8 September 2016

Deaf adults and staff at Nzeve teach sign language in short workshops and in the evening at a sign language course. Last term we taught 30 policemen, 35 people wanting to be sign language interpreters, 20 college students and 150 school children.

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Be the Change!

2 September 2016

Having finished my A levels in June this year, I was then faced with 3 months of freedom from studying before starting university. I’m not someone to sit back and relax for three months, despite the stress and hard work that the last two years of college threw at me, so I was keen to see if there was some way I could volunteer for Operation Orphan.

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Amatelaz Sewing Club Report 2nd Term 2016

27 August 2016

This term has been a good one with every child giving her best. Their interest in sewing has been amazing. This project has helped them a lot and an added advantage to Jane and Most because they are also doing sewing as a practical subject at School.

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Amatelaz Garden Club Report 2nd Term 2016

27 August 2016

Handsome, Rutendo and Newton are attending almost every week . Wellington was sent back to school by the cousin brother and is now attending school in Masvingo. He was suppose to finish his plumbing course this coming third term.

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Another epic run!

24 August 2016

Tricia, does it again, but this time it’s a full marathon! Here’s her story.

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NCS Fundraising

10 August 2016

National Citizen Service (NCS) is an opportunity open to 16 and 17 year olds. NCS enables young people to develop skills for work and life alongside taking part in social action projects. Last week three NCS teams held fundraising events as part of their social action projects to support the work of Operation Orphan.

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Packing Week 2016

29 July 2016

The summer of 2016 finally arrived just in time for Packing Week, as we predicted it would! With temperatures in the 30’s we worried about how the team would cope but soon realised that we didn’t need to worry at all!

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Triplets Saved

27 July 2016

We love getting reports back from the Nutrition Centre in Ghana. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. So see for yourselves the difference this amazing project is making.

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Girlguiding Notts Woodthorpe

26 July 2016

We were thrilled to hear about the Woodthorpe guides groups (1 and 1A). They decided to support Operation Orphan by doing a clothes swap!

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Busy busy busy!

11 July 2016

With the busy time in the warehouse as we approach packing week for Keep a Child Warm we wanted to celebrate all the wonderful people who have been helping us.

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Shetland to Nottingham!

7 July 2016

We were thrilled to have John and Julia Odie with us on Monday. Julia, with help from her husband and a whole heap of friends, has been collecting warm winter clothing for the last few months.

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Great first term in Mutare

22 June 2016

It’s been a really exciting start to the new term at the Amatelaz Homework Centre in Mutare, Eastern Zimbabwe!

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FUNdraising Day at St John the Baptist Primary

17 June 2016

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Despair turned to Hope

16 June 2016

We recently met a new Iraqi refugee family that was in an especially difficult situation. Ten people lived in one house, and the house had muddy walls and horrific smells.

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A great term in Hanoi

10 June 2016

The children at the Friendship House have completed their first school term. The report below is from those who have invested huge amounts of time and energy into caring for the children.

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We Love Volunteers

9 June 2016

Without our amazing volunteers, we would be nothing! It’s because of the investment and time people give to Operation Orphan that we are capable of so much.

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Next two homes underway!

7 June 2016

We’ve been excited to see developments happening in Sierra Leone as the next two homes for the children are built.

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NG Network reaches further than NG!

27 May 2016

We were delighted to have recieved a £2,000 donation from the NG Network this week for Ghana, and the work in the Nutrition Centre.

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“I am happy in my HIV Positive life”

5 May 2016

Keeping children healthy, both physically and emotionally, is critical. Hope for Life is on the front line in Zimbabwe doing everything they can to make a real difference.

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We saw the joy in their eyes

4 May 2016

Our new partners in Iraq sent the following update:

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Children of the Nutrition Centre

28 April 2016

We continue to see children being admitted to the Nutrition Centre in Ghana at such a late stage of malnutrition, and to be honest, some of them having no hope.

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Husky Challenge

20 April 2016

We were contacted a while ago by Danielle who works at Danbro. She had decided to do a sponsored Husky Trail Challenge for us through Global Adventure Challenges. She got back from Lapland a few weeks ago and we caught up with her to hear how it had gone.

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Smaller Supporters

20 April 2016

We just wanted to celebrate our smaller supporters! Recently we’ve been contacted by a few adults, letting us know about some incredible children who have heard about the charity and who want to do their bit to help.

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They’ve got the power!

12 April 2016

We have recently received a donation from Australia that was designated for the work in India.

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Shelter from the Rain

8 April 2016

Here are some photographs we received last week from Philip and Margaret, our project coordinators in Uganda.

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I want to go to School!

4 April 2016

“I want to go to school!” Not many teenagers I know would say that! Kids tend to take school for granted and long for the holidays.

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Luna New Year in Hanoi

30 March 2016

The team in Hanoi have sent this short update:

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Circle of Friends

24 March 2016

My trip to the Ukraine last week was heartbreaking and exciting, all at the same time.

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New Members of the British Empire!

22 March 2016

Operation Orphan trustees, Damian & Helen Broughton have today received their MBE from the Queen.

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1 idea = 796 Easter Eggs

21 March 2016

Valerie, one of our volunteers, had an idea. Her suggestion was that Morrisons customers could purchase an additional Easter egg and donate it in store.

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Fighting the termites!

15 March 2016

I am sat on a small stool in our open porch area with the heat pouring through the open walls and the dust and wind whistling around, as once again I embark on trying to share a few thoughts and moments from our visit to The Kings Village in Ghana. This is my 15th year and Terry’s 11th year working out here.

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Support to refugees in Jordan continues

6 March 2016

As the crisis in the Middle East continues the need is so overwhelming but if everyone does a little then then a lot can be done. The team received the latest £1000 grant and have sent this report.

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Tiger

29 February 2016

Very excited to receive a donation of Thinsulate gloves and socks today from the Nottingham Tiger store. It was great to meet store manager Ben and Mani (pictured) today – and thanks to the lovely lorry driver from Lancashire for helping me out of an impossible parking space! (Sorry ladies – I’ve totally let you all down!)

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Helping in Iraq

29 February 2016

What do you think your life would be like if your home was a single room, about the same size as a single garage for your car?

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Circle Time at Nzeve

26 February 2016

Circle time is an important time of day at Nzeve. Children all want to tell their news and stories!

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Support and Counselling for Nzeve

25 February 2016

Deaf children and adults have the same need for support and counselling as hearing people, but rarely get the help they need due to communication challenges.

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Happy New Homes!

22 February 2016

After a gruelling journey by taxi, 3 airplanes, a speed boat and final drive to the project, we were more than ready to arrive and sleep. Our accommodation was much bigger than expected, and there was a toilet (flushable via bucket) which both Michael and I were certainly grateful for later in the week.

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Natasha

16 February 2016

I am delighted to announce that Natasha has passed all 11 subjects of her O Level (Zimsec) exams with 4 As, 6 Bs and a C. (These are equivalent to the UK GCSE exams.)

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The Chance to Choose

12 February 2016

Standing up for yourself and making choices.

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Hyde Park Run for FMN

9 February 2016

On 31st January I completed my 10km run in Hyde Park raising money for Operation Orphan.

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I have a dream

8 February 2016

TWENTY FIVE years ago (that’s very hard to believe), I sat in an English lesson at my brand new school, Newbridge Comprehensive School it was called then.

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Five Minutes of Fun!

2 February 2016

Our school took part in the Keep a Child Warm Challenge on Wednesday last week.

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Family Learning at Nzeve

1 February 2016

Violet is a young girl who lives in very difficult circumstances. The family is growing and Violet is the eldest of her mother’s three children.

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Senior’s Sewing Story

25 January 2016

Senior was orphaned whilst still in primary school and through Amatelaz found a place where he received love, care and opportunity.

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The Challenge is ON!

25 January 2016

Are you up for the challenge? The question posed to the nation through the platform of social media.

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An Update from Jamaica

22 January 2016

We wanted to send you a quick update from us, here in Jamaica.

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Training Teachers!

21 January 2016

It was a delight to see Maxwell last week and celebrate the successful completion of his first year at Teacher Training College. His third term placement was out of town in the rural areas however this term he is working at a school in Sakubva, near to where he lives.

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A Home for Santos

20 January 2016

We were delighted to receive another update from Nepal last week. This story is of Santos and his little family.

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A Salon of Hope

20 January 2016

had the privilege of visiting Peter’s Hair Salon whilst visiting Zimbabwe last week. Peter, Daniel and Nomsa were orphaned 12 years ago. Nancy Chulu, our amazing project coordinator for Children of Hope, found this child headed family in the high density suburb of Sakubva.

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Every (two) Penny Counts

16 December 2015

Mulbarton Infant School have been helping Operation Orphan for almost 5 years now. Most of the support has been for Pencott Valley Primary School in Uganda.

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Community Toilets

15 December 2015

Over 5 years ago we asked our partners in Nabigyo, Uganda, how we could help to impact their community. The answer came back – Community Toilets. Pencott Valley Primary School is our main focus in this area.

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Buildings of Pencott

15 December 2015

Pencott School, a familiar sight for most of us here on the Operation Orphan Team. The school is made from a few buildings built in close succession in an ‘L’ shape around what they use as their playing field.

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Fish for Fees

14 December 2015

Philip and his wife Margaret never seem to be satisfied by how they are helping the community of Nabigyo. Philip himself openly admits that most of the micro businesses that they set up are mostly implemented and run by Margaret.

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Children at Pencott

14 December 2015

During our trip to Uganda we had the joy of spending a couple of days with the children at the school.

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Keep a Child Warm – Ukraine

30 November 2015

These pictures have brought me to tears this morning.

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Homes for Orphans

30 November 2015

We have been eagerly following the progress of the building work in Sierra Leone. Two of the homes have now been completed, and most of the furniture made for each home, including beds, chairs and other dining furniture. This stuff looks great, but is also strong and built to last!

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Forget-Me-Notts is expanding

30 November 2015

What a week!? The Forget-Me-Notts Team purchased, wrapped and delivered a total of 1,479 gifts ready to be distributed to children across the Midlands in time for Christmas.

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Dominica – Relief Update

17 November 2015

I’ve just returned from my 3 week trip to Dominica. There is lots to be done to get the country back on it’s feet after the tropical storm Erika.

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Risley Fashion

17 November 2015

What a wonderful evening we all had at the Risley Fashion Show! This was definitely a whole team effort with people contributing in so many ways to pull off a great event.

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We had a Ball!

17 November 2015

The amazing Fiona Flack and her team (of equally amazing people) did an AMAZING job of organising the Danbro Winter Ball.

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Stories from #teammoldova 2015

10 November 2015

Years ago my school gave coats to Keep a Child Warm and every year since.

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Been There, Done That!

10 November 2015

“Great things flourish when they start with a good idea.” Quote at the side of the stage of one of the schools we distributed at.

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Finding Maxim

9 November 2015

Sitting on the flight back from Moldova, I am reflecting on the hundreds of beautiful children that were lovingly led by a member of the team around a room to find their warm clothing for this winter.

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Bog-eyed Jog

6 November 2015

In June staff and pupils at Eccleston Primary School worked really hard to raise funds for Pencott Valley Primary School in Uganda.

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Romania

1 November 2015

Wayne Bonny is a lovely gentleman who got in touch with us after seeing us on the BBC news.

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Team Rothera Dowson in Survival of the Fittest

1 November 2015

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Boxes Arrived Safely in Ukraine

29 October 2015

I am certain from the engaging Facebook feed of #keepachildwarm #teammoldova posts, there will be plenty more stories from Moldova to follow. But I couldn’t wait to get this started with some great news.

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Ollaberry School – we found your blanket!

27 October 2015

#teamMoldova are still there, giving out plenty of warm coats, hats, scarves, gloves and plenty of hugs to hundreds of very vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Moldova.

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Metal sheeting saves lives

14 October 2015

After the earthquakes in Nepal we sent out money to our partners to buy metal sheeting to give families shelter. Here are just a few of them.

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Tricia’s Half Marathon Update

9 October 2015

The half-marathon, 13 miles along the beautiful Causeway Coast went really well although I had a few surprises along the way!

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Chickens, Banana Trees and full bellies

8 October 2015

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to one of our newest partner projects. For background information on this project have a look at the India page on our site.

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Zimbabwe: Deaf Awareness Day

2 October 2015

The mission for the Nzeve Deaf Centre this year is to target community leaders in and around the local area.

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Eleanor’s Robin Hood Half Marathon

1 October 2015

I ran the Robin Hood Half Marathon on Sunday 27th September and thought I’d write my blog while I was still buzzing.

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Tricia’s Causeway Coast Half-Marathon

23 September 2015

For about the past year (if not secretly before) I’ve been mentally gearing up to doing my first half-marathon at the Causeway Coast (Northern Ireland) on 26 September.

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Follow your heart…

18 September 2015

It’s all about following your heart. When you know you need to do something – JUST DO IT (obviously I am not talking about harming yourself or others here!).

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Sierra Leone: The container has arrived

17 September 2015

We are delighted that the container of aid has arrived safely at Heaven Homes.

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Charity Cards on Sale NOW…

16 September 2015

We have had some exciting fundraising developments in the form of BEAUTIFUL greetings cards.

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USA: A Mile Stone

11 September 2015

Over the last year and a half we have been working at establishing a presence in the USA. I am pleased to announce that yesterday, 10/9/2015 we received our first donation from an American citizen through our new website.

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Jamaica: Keep a Child Learning Update

10 September 2015

When a child’s life is positively impacted by a small gesture, hope and potential are released. Our team in Jamaica have sent this report only days after the pilot project ‘Keep a child Learning Jamaica’ began.

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Zimbabwe: Children of Hope Update

9 September 2015

All is well this with the school fees all paid up for those who brought their school reports on time. Things have improved since we introduced ‘bring a report first before we pay fees’ policy.

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Zimbabwe: Hope for Life Update

9 September 2015

Hope for life is pursuing its vision to empower children, adolescents and youth living with HIV/AIDS through psycho-social support. Through our initiatives we have made a positive impact in many children’s lives.

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Jamaica: Keep a Child Learning

8 September 2015

Last week we started our pilot project in Jamaica, Caribbean to keep children in school.

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Experiencing Work at Operation Orphan

8 September 2015

Back in June we had some students from Chilwell School Sixth Form here in the office, completing their work experience.

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Dominica: Disaster Relief

7 September 2015

While our press has been hugely taken up with the incredibly sad refugee crisis, other disasters have taken place.

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Nottingham to Nepal

4 August 2015

Since the first devastating earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015, we have been working hard at responding to the crisis.

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Golden Opportunity for Fundraising!

31 July 2015

Congratulations to Clive and Jan who will be celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary in August.

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Fun in the Sun… Storage Unit!

28 July 2015

For the past couple of Mondays, teams of volunteers and OO staff have visited London. Not to be dazzled by the sights or entertained in the West End but…. you guessed it… to pack boxes! More boxes! (Thank you Connect Packaging for providing these at cost price for us.) Big boxes, filled to the brim with the most beautifully and lovingly created knitted blankets, hats, scarves, mittens and warm tops!

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School FUNdraising!

24 July 2015

Over the last few months of the 2015 school summer term, children up and down the country took part in a variety of fundraising events to raise money for our Nepal appeal.

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So grateful to all of our knitters!

23 July 2015

I am aware that I can’t thank each of you personally, but you need to know that we are completely overwhelmed by the support you have shown to Keep a Child Warm over the last four years.

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Thank you Jasmine & Anna…

20 July 2015

Before this week I had never realised how much effort went into charity operations. Imagine yourself giving to charity; a wardrobe clear-out and not a lot more.

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A Teacher’s Perspective

20 July 2015

“Final week of term!” they say, all smiles and enthusiasm (muddled with a hint of envy). “I bet you’re winding down…” they say. Little do they know.

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Funds From Fashion!

20 July 2015

Rothera Dowson invited me along to a fashion show they had organised at Alea Casino in Nottingham. This was a lovely evening with a super atmosphere.

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KACW – Climb Every Mountain

17 July 2015

It’s been a busy week! 60 people took an entire day to sort a mountain of clothing which we then saw grow again to the same size – a little demoralising at the time, but amazing to have so many donations!

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Human Chain

3 July 2015

The prize for creativity must go to Gemma Pettifor who, today, had her entire form group in a chain from the class to the front door, passing bags of coats and warm clothing to fill my car!

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No room to move!

26 June 2015

We are thrilled to be running out of space in our storage this year due to the incredible generosity of the British public.

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It started with a blanket

23 June 2015

When I started this journey with Operation Orphan little did I know where it would lead! A couple of years ago while on holiday I got the chance to go to a Loving Hands (Crafting for Charity) meeting near Nottingham, where Cyrilyn Moore was a guest.

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Mulbarton School Fayre

15 May 2015

We are entering into the season of school fayres, fetes and carnivals! Becky Taylor kicked off this summer season at the Mulbarton Infant School Summer Fayre. She decided to create a water carrying game; how much water can you get from one point to another in a given time. This simple little game raised £18 for Operation Orphan.

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Danbro’s Fundraising Week for Nepal

15 May 2015

On hearing of the Nepal Earthquake only a couple of weeks ago and the devastating affect this has had our thoughts turned to how Danbro could help and do whatever we could to support the work Operation Orphan are doing in Nepal.

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Keep a Child Warm 2015

15 May 2015

For the past few years Keep a Child Warm has been providing warm clothing as a relief effort to help orphans and vulnerable children who live in freezing conditions.

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Nepal: Our response

13 May 2015

Together with our Nepalese partners Operation Orphan has been able to feed approximately one thousand people for a week @£1.35 per person.

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Nepal: We found Anita

12 May 2015

One of the main reasons for my visit to Nepal was to understand how Operation Orphan could develop an effective response for children orphaned in a crisis. I asked our team to put the word out to look for children who had lost their parents. On Sunday I met Anita.

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Brad in Nepal: Day 3

12 May 2015

Up early and back on the road.

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When the Cat’s Away…..

11 May 2015

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Brad’s Blog from Nepal

8 May 2015

My flight was delayed in the UK but thankfully after a jog in Dheli I arrived in Kathmandu only an hour later than scheduled.

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Responding to Nepal

29 April 2015

We were all shocked by the news of the earthquake on Saturday.

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School’s Back

25 April 2015

We had great news this week that the schools in Sierra Leone have now opened again, which means that our wonderful children are able to go back to school to continue their education, and also establish more of a routine.

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Container arrives in Jordan

23 April 2015

Last week the container of clothing, nappies and toiletries arrived in Jordan.

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New Toilet Block for Pencott

23 April 2015

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Ain’t No Stopping Us Now….

10 April 2015

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More work completed in Sierra Leone

8 April 2015

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Delighted we could help!

2 April 2015

A couple of weeks ago we had a phone call from one of the housing contacts we have. They had a family with them who were in desperate need of some help.

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Fun-raising!

27 March 2015

Chilwell school has an on-going partnership with Operation Orphan and choose to help us in a number of different ways. This particular blog is to acknowledge their efforts in raising well needed funds for our projects around the world.

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Hannah’s Quiz

12 March 2015

We want to say a HUGE thank you to Hannah, who embarked on the rather daunting task of putting on a quiz to raise money for Operation Orphan, and more specifically the work in Ghana.

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#LOVECLOTHES

12 March 2015

This is a fashion show with a difference!

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Cyrilyn’s Zimbabwe Story

26 February 2015

Some of my most memorable moments would have to include hand-painting at Nzeve (deaf school) and seeing not just the reaction of the children but also the staff!

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Sarah’s Zimbabwe Story

26 February 2015

Visiting Zimbabwe was an amazing and very special experience. From the first moment of meeting the team at the airport I felt excited to be going away with some wonderful people; and they didn’t disappoint!

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Sophie’s Zimbabwe Story

26 February 2015

On our first day we were up early to attend a Sunday morning church service in the local community.

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Lucy’s Zimbabwe Story

26 February 2015

One of the most enjoyable parts of going on global expeditions with Operation Orphan is spending time with the people involved.

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Kathy’s Zimbabwe Story

26 February 2015

First impressions of Zimbabwe. We left Harare in warm sunshine to be greeted along the 4+hours road journey by a circulating thunderstorm and torrential rain…I am not keen on thunder so driving on these African roads was quite an adventure. Our poor driver could hardly see out of the windscreen.

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‘Donate an Egg’ scheme at Morrisons

24 February 2015

The Forget-Me-Notts team are already working hard again to get everything ready for the Easter distribution of chocolate eggs.

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20ft of aid for Syrian Refugees

20 February 2015

Yesterday we spent 3 hours loading up the 20ft container for the Syrian Refugee families.

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Thank you

20 February 2015

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Baby Boxes

16 February 2015

It was an absolute joy a couple of weeks ago to be able to help out a couple of low income families with some things for their new babies.

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The Knitting Keeps on Rolling in!

13 February 2015

As we edge closer to the day when we will be loading the lorry with boxes bound for the Syrian refugees in Jordan, donations keep coming through the door!

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Miss Universe and the USA

23 January 2015

I am excited to be writing a little bit about our recent developments as we continue to grow our charity’s support base.

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First stages of the new home in Sierra Leone

21 January 2015

We’ve received some photos this week of the ground being cleared for the new children’s home in Sierra Leone.

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A Christmas Thank you!

14 January 2015

We had so much fun back in November wrapping and packing up 1,240 selection boxes ready to give out to children in and known to the care system all over the East Midlands.

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Support for Syria

9 December 2014

We recently collected a large van load of clothing from Newcastle.

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Responding to Ebola in Sierra Leone

5 December 2014

We had some fantastic news this week. Thanks to the generosity of a Nottingham couple we are thrilled to be able to begin work on building the first orphanage specifically for children orphaned by Ebola.

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#loveclothes at the Village Hotel (Urban Resorts) hits the headlines!

5 December 2014

What a fabulous evening. More than 200 ladies gathered in the name of fashion to help Operation Orphan raise funds for Keep a Child Warm whilst grabbing themselves a bargain.

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Steph’s Robin Hood Half Marathon

24 November 2014

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Keep a Child Warm – Moldova 2014

24 November 2014

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Keep a Child Warm – Slovakia

12 November 2014

We are so excited and encouraged by the help and action we have seen in Slovakia this year.

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Volunteers always welcome!

12 November 2014

Have you found yourself with a couple of hours to spare? We ALWAYS need help!

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Sun, rain and smiling faces!

27 October 2014

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BAE Systems Warton!

10 October 2014

A team of aerospace workers have jetted up Britain’s three highest mountains to raise more than £2,000 for charity.

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Foraging for fundraising – Sticky Jam with a Plan!

2 October 2014

Date night in August was a little different – Brad and I stumbled upon some beautiful blackberry bushes teeming with fruit, this gave me an idea…

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Children in Hanoi, Vietnam

29 September 2014

We are excited that the children we help are spread across the world!

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#LOVECLOTHES 2014

22 September 2014

Great to have the opportunity to speak to Nottingham listeners today on The Verity Cowley Show, BBC Nottingham Radio.

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Behind the scenes for KACW!

19 September 2014

This week I had the opportunity to help Operation Orphan. A charity I am just starting to learn about but which is already becoming a big part of my heart!

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An Elective to Zimbabwe and (unexpectedly) to Uganda

3 September 2014

Electives are such an incredible experience for everyone who is blessed to have the chance to do so…I think for myself, it was one of the most amazing and humbling experiences, one where I was taught many lessons, blessed in a huge way and taken on a journey – quite literally.

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Peak Supply’s 3 Peaks Challenge

26 August 2014

I work with a fantastic team of people at BAE Systems and at the beginning of the year our team decided it would be great to do more during the year to raise money for charity.

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Great news from Zimbabwe!

22 August 2014

Our lovely Natasha has been selected to be a prefect in her Olevel year.

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Singing for Syrians – Open Mic Event

1 August 2014

I was privileged to visit Jordan earlier this year with a small team. Our aim was to establish a link via which Operation Orphan could release much needed and relevant resources for the displaced people of Syria.

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Packing Week 2014 – Keep a Child Warm

18 July 2014

Our packing week started last Friday (11 July) – and all that followed was made possible by the work done ferrying van loads of stuff from storage to Chilwell 6th form where we were packing.

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Exciting update on the clinic!

18 July 2014

For many years the only medical facility serving Singa and the other overseas communities has been run-down and very neglected. This building is now fully refurbished and operational.

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Pipes for Charity!

15 July 2014

I need to give a huge shout out to Sharp Plumbing Solutions who have just created a fantastic structure to help Operation Orphan sort this years donations!

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Better than Windex!

9 July 2014

A few weeks ago we had our first Forever Living product launch. Melissa and Jordan came to us with a fantastic idea that would not only raise funds for Operation Orphan, but would also be an ongoing income for the charity AND help them grow their client base.

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Bursting at the Seams!

24 June 2014

Keep a Child Warm collections are well underway and we now have almost 3 full storage units at Big Yellow!

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School Assembly in Gloucester

20 May 2014

We want to say THANK YOU to Charlotte Shepherd for getting in touch with us. Charlotte got in contact to see if there was anyway that she could help with the chairty and our warm winter clothing collections.

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Syrian Refugees in Jordan – Part 6 More Please!

19 May 2014

News from Jordan…

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New Shoes for Salonta

19 May 2014

We had so much fun last week giving out to shoes at the orphanage in Salonta. Thank you to Eric and Sylvie and all your friends who donated.

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Clinic is finished!

6 May 2014

In January this year we went back to northern Ghana with the express aim of getting the derelict clinic in the overseas area (across the Volta river) not only renovated but made in to fully functional clinic that would bring healing and hope to an otherwise forgotten group of 10,000 Ghanaians.

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Knitathon in Edinburgh

1 May 2014

We are so grateful to Anne and the ladies in Edinburgh for their knitathon this weekend.

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Easter Egg thank yous!

24 April 2014

The charity is running because there are people in our world who need our help.

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Easter Bunny is here…

17 April 2014

I love spring! Daffodils, sunshine and EASTER! We had a great time on 19th March packing up Easter eggs ready to give out to children in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

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No Shoe Day

3 April 2014

National No Shoe Day is coming up. April 29th is a day where you can get involved in a fun and practical way to help Operation Orphan give shoes to orphans and vulnerable children around the world.

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Lancashire Ladies – Pamper Evening

1 April 2014

What an amazing time last night in Blackpool. Jess and I (Cyrilyn) travelled for a fantastic fundraising evening which was just great in every way.

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Raising the Standard of Teaching and Learning 2014

21 March 2014

We had an absolutely wonderful time in Uganda. Four of us (UK teachers) went there during our half term. We spent time inspiring and developing the teachers there who work day-in day-out at Pencott Valley Primary School.

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Uganda – Healthcare Update

26 February 2014

Sarah Davis, our nurse based in Uganda, has reported that 100 children have been treated for intestinal worms and 200 mosquito nets have been purchased for families living in Mbale.

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Syrian Refugees in Jordan – Part 5 Milk and Nappies for the babies

26 February 2014

With our first donation, the team in Jordan have purchased babies milk and nappies and distributed them to families with young children.

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Ghana Update – Transforming Lives

24 February 2014

Well it’s our last couple of days in the King’s Village and as we pack away our things yet again we are reflecting on the last 4 weeks we have spent in our other home – fondly known as Ann and Terry’s house!

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Syrian Refugees in Jordan – Part 4 Arrival of Clothing

24 February 2014

The clothes are now with our partners and distribution will take place once the final clearance is received.

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Syrian Refugees In Jordan Part 1- Introduction

5 February 2014

We have just returned from a 7 day expedition to Jordan.

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Syrian Refugees in Jordan Part 2 – The current situation

5 February 2014

The Jordanians have been incredibly generous and welcoming to their Syrian neighbors over the last three years.

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Syrian Refugees in Jordan Part 3 – Our response

5 February 2014

I would like to see us not only helping them now but helping them rebuild their homes and lives when they return to Syria.

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KACW Syrian Refugees – Container Loaded

7 December 2013

The response over the last 8 weeks has truly been inspiring and humbling.

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KACW Syrian Refugees

6 December 2013

This week has seen blood, sweat and lots and lots of lovely warm winter clothing!

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Autumn Photography Exhibition

28 November 2013

On 16 November Mulbarton church youth group put on our first Autumn Photography Exhibition of children’s photography from the Infant and Junior schools in the village. There were some beautiful pictures from children aged 4-12.

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Forget-Me-Notts Christmas 2013

28 November 2013

This week I have been one of Santa’s elves, driving around Nottinghamshire delivering chocolates!

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Loving Hands – a faithful crew of Knitters!

23 November 2013

Loving Hands knits, crochets and sews for charity and have been supporting Operation Orphan since we met Cyrilyn last year where she explained how the charity works.

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Syria Collections All Over England!

22 November 2013

Operation Orphan are coming tomorrow to collect the bedroom-full of coats, hats, gloves, socks, vests etc IN A VAN. Thank you to all.

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Higham St John’s School Visit

19 November 2013

Higham St John’s School gave a lot of coats for the orphan children who need to keep warm.

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Pamper Evening

15 November 2013

Wow! What a wonderful time we had at the Operation Orphan Pamper Evening last night (Thursday 14 November).

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Distribution Trip October 2013

1 November 2013

It’s been a successful time distributing the coats, hats, gloves and scarves in Eastern and Central Europe.

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Collections in Slovakia

22 October 2013

This was our very first collection of clothing in Slovakia for Slovak underprivileged children.

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From Stockton For Syria!

16 October 2013

Today we received these pictures from Sandra in Stockton who says there is still more to come.

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Janine’s Big Birthday Run

14 October 2013

When I saw that the half marathon (Robin Hood) was on my birthday this year, i thought it would be great to enter and ask friends and family to make a donation instead of buying a gift for me.

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NorthWest Schools’ Tour November 2013

11 October 2013

Thank you all for helping us to Keep a Child Warm!

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6 Months in Mbale

3 October 2013

It is hard to believe it has been six months since I left the security of my job of 12 years as a Children’s Intensive Care nurse.

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Ghana – Overseas Project Update

4 September 2013

Ann and Terry Carpenter (Project Coordinators) are currently in northern Ghana assessing the situation regarding crossing the Volta river in the rainy season.

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Packing Week at Chilwell School

26 July 2013

A huge shout out to the students and staff at Chilwell Sixth Form (Lakeview) who dedicated their week to help Operation Orphan keep children warm!

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Ghana Expedition Jan 2013

25 July 2013

I had the privilege of travelling to Ghana with Michael, Sarah, Chris and Christian. It was a tremendous experience, one we will remember for a very long time.

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Zimbabwe Expedition June 2013

22 July 2013

The expedition consisted of visiting the various projects that Operation Orphan supports as well as exploring the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe.

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Blue Max Banner – Clothing Donation

18 July 2013

I want to say a huge thank you to Blue Max Banner for their generous donation of clothing to Operation Orphan.

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Match Funding

4 July 2013

There have been a couple of people recently who have decided to donate to Operation Orphan through match funding schemes where they work. Just last week we got over £500 through various match funding schemes.

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Dragon School Fundraisers

2 July 2013

On Friday 10th May, Year 4 at The Dragon School faced their toughest challenge yet; together they ran 277km (2.77km each) to raise money for three very worthwhile charities, Operation Orphan, Future Hope and Save the Waterberg Rhino.

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Collections across the country

2 July 2013

We have been collecting for Keep a Child Warm far and wide this year. My travels over the last few weeks have taken me to Northampton, London, Torquay and Wales!

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First Welsh School

2 July 2013

We are so excited to announce the involvement of our first Welsh school.

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Mozzie Nets for Mbale

2 July 2013

As many of you will know Sarah moved out to Mbale, Uganda back in April to assess the area and work out how Operation Orphan might be able to respond to some of the heath issues there. One of the issues that we have been able to address straight away is the prevention of malaria.

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Tollerton Primary’s Class 6 raise nearly £300!

14 June 2013

Cyrilyn Moore, the director of Operation Orphan, came into our school in Tollerton in Nottingham a few months ago. We were all extremely inspired about the work that the charity did.

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Norwich Cycle Swarm

14 June 2013

On 6 May 2013 Tony Lovick got on his bike to participate in the Norwich Cycle Swarm to raise money for Operation Orphan.

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Krispy Kremes for chocolate

28 May 2013

On Friday 24th May Nottingham Knights Cheerleader helped us to sell 121 dozen doughnuts to raise money for Forget-Me-Notts (keep reading to find out how this is ‘Krispy Kremes for chocolate).

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Young Fundraisers

28 May 2013

Two young ladies took it upon themselves to sell the remaining doughnuts around their neighbourhood.

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New classroom floor – Pencott Valley Primary School

23 May 2013

As part of the infrastructure development program at Pencott school, new floor in existing classroom2new floors have recently been laid in the existing classroom block.

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Improved Sustainability – Salonta Orphanage

23 May 2013

Whilst on our visit to Transylvania we gave a small donation to the directors of the Salonta orphanage to use as they felt necessary.

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Danbro Charity Ball

5 April 2013

The charity ball is drawing closer and there are still a few tickets available for what is set to be a fantastic night.

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Forget – Me – Notts – Easter 2013

28 March 2013

This Easter there will be nearly 1,000 children across the East Midlands who have received a reminder that they are not forgotten.

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Teacher Training Trip – Uganda

19 March 2013

When I first arrived at Chilwell School in April 2012 Ian Brierly handed me an information pack about Operation Orphan and said "I think this is right up your street". He was right!

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National Academy

13 February 2013

A great opportunity to thank the pupils for the money they raised LAST YEAR and show them the difference this has made.

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There’snow stopping us!

14 January 2013

Snow may be falling, but that didn’t stop my road trip to Northampton today.

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Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

10 January 2013

A few weeks ago Polly and I visited our old school, Southend High School for Girls.

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TDX Group Christmas Donation

20 December 2012

A huge thank you to TDX Group for the generous financial gift we received yesterday

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Chilwell School

18 December 2012

I had the absolute privilege of sharing my personal journey with both pupils and parents, at Chilwell School’s prize giving last week.

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Property Face 2 Face Support Operation Orphan

17 December 2012

What a wonderful opportunity this was to raise our profile within Nottingham and let people know how they can help us to change lives for a brighter future.

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Big Yellow Nottingham – Official Sponsors of Keep a Child Warm

14 December 2012

Big Yellow Nottingham – Official Sponsors for Keep a Child warm

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Zimbabwe Update

14 December 2012

The work in Zimbabwe is going really well. We have focused our attention on supporting projects in the Eastern City of Mutare.

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Pamper Success!

16 November 2012

Another STORMING success!

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Keep A Child Warm 2012

25 October 2012

Our first ever distribution of Winter Kits filled the team with so many emotions. From the desperation of beautiful people to their enormous gratitude for the gift of warmth we gave.

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Half Marathon Fundraiser

5 October 2012

I completed my first ever half marathon in Nottingham on Sunday (30 September) to raise awareness and money for Operation Orphan.

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A Night To Remember

4 October 2012

September 28th was certainly a night to remember! Danbro, a corporate sponsor of Operation Orphan, held a fun filled charity casino night at Rouge bar in Blackpool.

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Bon Voyage to the Boxes!

14 September 2012

That’s it… the winter kits have gone. They were put on the lorry this morning with the kind help of Shahin, Kat, Sam Green and of course Brad and Jess!

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Uganda Health Trip Update

13 September 2012

By taking our time to understand what is really happening and needed in Uganda we are now clearer and confident in how we should respond. Having the professional expertise and experience of Angela and Sarah has meant we have been able to discern the relevant needs and establish a relevant response.

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DANBRO (Fundraising solutions for charities!!)

31 August 2012

Over the past 6 months DANBRO (Accounting solutions for Contractors) have been taking part in lots of fundraising for Operation Orphan and have so far managed to raise £1,126!

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My pain – their gain!

28 August 2012

It has been a privilege to bring hope to situations where there didn’t seem to be any, times like this stay with you for life. I didn’t however think the first thing I would be doing for Operation Orphan would be waxing my legs!

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Blue Max Banner – Thank you for the clothes

23 August 2012

I had the privilege of collecting a full van of new school clothes from Blue Max Banner.

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Uganda here we come…

23 August 2012

Sarah, Angela and Brad are leaving for Uganda on the 31 August for 9 days on a research and development trip to Uganda.

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Angela’s Tour de France update!

2 August 2012

A massive THANK YOU to Angela Horsley and to all those who sponsored her.

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The Pack

16 July 2012

I can now reveal that in just three days, we managed to pack and box more than ONE THOUSAND WINTER KITS, exceeding our target. This means that one thousand vulnerable children will be warm next winter, thanks to YOU!

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Incredible STYLE whilst keeping children warm!

14 July 2012

The highly exclusive and generous coat manufacturer, Gloverall has made an incredible donation of 100 coats to help Keep a Child Warm.

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The Challenge 2012

6 July 2012

Last Saturday we joined about 220 other participants making their way down the Monsal trail!

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How No Sleep And Meatballs Can Raise Money

3 July 2012

Back in December Mulbarton Youth Group did a sponsored 24 hour Stay Awake / Christmas Movie Marathon.

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Dragon School

15 June 2012

Operation Orphan was awarded £1000 to complete a further two toilets in the Nabygo slum, Uganda.

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Heriot Watt Drama Society

11 June 2012

Thank you to Jade Gode, Joelle Calderelli and the team at Heriot Watt who kindly organized and facilitated a raffle during their summer performance.

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Rainbows

7 June 2012

Our local Rainbows group had a great evening on Tuesday 10th May with lots of running, dancing, singing, jumping raising money for some great causes.

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Zumbathon

22 May 2012

A massive thank you to Karla Evans and a group of 240 girls from Eccleston Primary School for their amazing fundraising efforts.

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Coat Collections For Winter Kits

11 May 2012

Thank you to all the individuals, schools and businesses for helping us to turn our dream into a reality.

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Raising Funds The Fun Way

26 April 2012

Calling all you runners, walkers and those who just enjoy a picnic and a fun day out in the countryside!!

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Pamper Evening Success!

14 March 2012

Altogether an amazing £1434.30 was raised for Operation Orphan!

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Notts County FC

14 March 2012

Brad and Cyrilyn had a fantastic opportunity to interview with Notts County FC who have kindly offered their support for the Keep a Child Warm initiative.

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Corporate Sponsors

6 March 2012

...we will be giving a beautiful gift bag with some little surprises for each lady attending our pamper evening next Tuesday (13th March).

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School's Fundraising!

24 February 2012

We are in Lancashire visiting six different schools, all of which have chosen to raise funds to help children through Operation Orphan!

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Keep A Child Warm

10 February 2012

It’s official! Our winter coat appeal is well and truly happening….with schools and individuals all across the country getting behind us to help us achieve our goal.

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Ladies Night... Mother's Day Special... Pamper Party!!

8 February 2012

There will be discounted beauty treatments, Starbucks coffee and homemade cakes, a wide selection of gifts to buy (in time for Mother’s Day), an awsome raffle and much much more!

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Teddies - A Big Hit In Ghana

3 February 2012

Another huge thank you to all who knitted Teddy Bears for the children out in Ghana.

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Angela's Tour de France Challenge

24 January 2012

This year Angela Horsley, Clinical Lead at Nottingham Children’s Hospital is taking on her biggest challenge yet!!

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Teddy Bears Will Travel

12 January 2012

A team of three set out on Sunday to begin the long journey to Ghana, accompanied by 40 knitted teddy bears!!

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Warm Hands For Christmas

16 December 2011

This December we managed to send out 72 pairs of children’s thermal gloves to a small village in Eastern Europe.

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We Couldn't Do It Without You

29 November 2011

I am sitting here in total appreciation of all the people willing to get behind the vision of this charity. We couldn’t do it without YOU!

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Marks & Spencer Bag Pack

20 November 2011

Thanks to many willing volunteers we were able to raise a grand total of £960 last weekend packing people’s shopping at M&S.

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Is It A No. 1 Or A No. 2?

11 November 2011

….nope it’s number 3!!

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Me And My Girl

10 November 2011

Last saturday (5th Nov) I took my eldest daughter with me to sell some of the Ugandan jewellery at a craft fair.

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Ladies Pamper Evening

28 October 2011

Starbucks coffee and tea, home-made cakes, gifts for sale and beauty treatments available… what a brilliant evening we had at our LADIES PAMPER EVENING!

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Jewellery Sale in Norfolk

18 October 2011

On Friday we had a fantastic time selling some of the beautiful jewellery from Uganda.

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Cycle Round The World

30 September 2011

Back in July Danbro set out to cycle 8,000 miles on a 12 month round the world sponsored cycle. Their aim? To raise £1 per mile for Operation Orphan.

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Cakes, Cash & More Cakes!!

27 September 2011

A big thank you to all the Spirita employees at Raleigh House, Alfreton Road who raised a massive £251.41 by selling cakes to raise cash for Operation Orphan last Thursday.

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