Letters, August 6 2021


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Help feed hungry children this summer

I’d like to make readers aware of a unique opportunity to make a big difference to the lives of hungry children in the world’s poorest countries this summer.

Anyone donating to global school feeding charity Mary’s Meals before the end of August, will see their first three donations tripled, meaning the impact of their regular gifts will go even further.

This is thanks to a group of generous supporters who will triple donations from new regular contributors, up to £100,000, for a limited period.

Your readers can help Mary’s Meals to access all the available funds by setting up a monthly direct debit by August 31 on the following link: marysmeals.org.uk/tripled

Mary’s Meals feeds more than 1.8 million hungry children in 19 countries every school day.

This funding boost will bring fresh hope to families struggling amidst the continuing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has hit the world’s poorest countries especially hard, and will also help Mary’s Meals achieve its goal to reach two million children with a nutritious meal every school day.

I am proud to support Mary’s Meals and hope your readers can take advantage of this incredible opportunity to see their kindness go three times as far.

Mark Beaumont, long-distance cyclist, broadcaster and author.

Help change the future of breast cancer research

Four days before the UK went into national lockdown, I lost my beautiful mum to secondary breast cancer.

I was 11 weeks from giving birth to my daughter, Sofia Lily, who would have been my mum’s first grandchild.

The Covid-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented situation for us all but losing my mum and grieving during this time has been incredibly difficult.

I desperately want to do everything I can to support Breast Cancer Now, which provides essential support services so that people living with the disease, like my mum, are supported through their breast cancer experience. But the charity can only do so with your help.

Since the start of the pandemic, Breast Cancer Now has faced huge disruption. Its researchers lost thousands of precious hours in the labs and they’ve been forced to cancel hundreds of their community support events, taking away a crucial lifeline for many.

That’s why I’m joining thousands of others across the UK and having an afternoon tea this August.

Whether it’s a cuppa in the garden or delivering delicious treats to friends, anyone can take part.

No matter how you choose to have your afternoon tea, all money raised will help Breast Cancer Now provide world-class research and life-changing support for anyone affected by breast cancer.

Fundraisers can register for a free fundraising pack at breastcancernow.org/cuppa.

Andrea Springthorpe, Breast Cancer Now supporter.