Annual appeal to dig deep for needy Kenyan children

Luke Newman of Biggleswade is going to Kenya next year for the third time to help underprivileged children
Luke Newman of Biggleswade is going to Kenya next year for the third time to help underprivileged children

A kindhearted Biggleswade father-of-three is appealing to Chronicle readers to dig deep, as they have done in the past, for a humanitarian expedition to Nakuru in Kenya.

Luke Newman of Planets Way, who’s making the trip for the third time, said: “Every year we pack a large ship’s container with essentials for three schools in need of support in the area.

“The Chronicle community has always been extremely generous with its donations. This year we’re focusing on underwear for both children and adults, pencils, sanitary towels, reading glasses, small teddies and party bag items.”

Luke, his father and brother Paul, who’s leading the team, take part in practical projects like constructing new classrooms and helping to develop curricula.

But it’s the children, many of whom are orphans, who really tug at his heart. “They just want to feel loved,” he said. “I spend time talking to them about their lives, dreams and aspirations, to make them happy for a short time.”

Luke has organised a fundraising gift fair at the Weatherley Centre on Sunday, November 8, with more than 60 stalls, in addition to various animals from Wycomb Pastures Mobile Petting Farm.

For details visit http://bit.ly/CFAOCF3

He is also presenting The Mash Up Mix Night at the White Hart in February.

> Barclays in Sandy and Biggleswade are collection points for donations.