School Support 2018

James Twynham (Senior Teacher at JTHS) was immensley proud of all of their students and staff and was able to present a cheque for £4742.29 to the charity

The funds were raised through a number of activities organised by the pupils last summer, in memory of Holly Brown.

Jo Menzies accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity.

The Year 11 pupils watched a video that demonstrated just how much of a difference the donations make to the lives of the children in Kenya.

John Taylor High School really do believe in the power of education to improve lives - and the world!

We would like to take this opportunity once again to thank all of the John Taylor Community for their astounding contributions.

At the end of yet another busy term the pupils and staff at John Taylor School have been involved in a number of fundraising activities for Footprints.

The school community have raised an amazing £4000 for our charity in memory of Holly Brown.

Thank you for your hard work and love.

Enjoy a safe and fun summer break. 

William Shrewsbury School have supported Footprints for many years.

At Christmas, last year, they raised £710, which is amazing.

Thank you to all of the school community and children who keep Footprints close to their hearts. 

Photo 1. Mrs Zarin, Head of Year 8 and Marian Askew along with some of the Y8 students

Photo 2: Mrs Ecclesley, Mr Wenham, Mrs Jackson and Marian Askew along with the LSB students

Tuesday 1st May 2018

Marian Askew, Volunteer and Committee Member went along to Pingle Academy, Swadlincote, South Derbyshire to present a 'Thank You' photo frame to the Y8 students and the Learning Support Base (LSB) students for their hard work in raising over £1,500 in the last 12 months from various fundraising activities at the school.

The LSB students were fascinated to learn all about all the new children and the chicken project at Footprints and kindly offered to collect and donate more school shoes, trainers and flip flops for the children.

When Marian mentioned she was going out to Footprints in August and suggested that LSB students may want to write letters to the children, they were so excited they shouted out with joy suggesting ideas what they could write about: their school projects, school trips; pets, favourite food and even a favourite Eggy Bread recipe!

'Asante Sana' thank you very much in Swahili, to all the staff and students at Pingle Academy.

We look forward to continuing working along with your wonderful and caring school. 

Earlier this month Marian visited Year 7 pupils to talk about the work of Footprints. She was presented with a cheque for £1235.35, an amazing amount, all raised by the young people of The Pingle Academy, by having none uniform days.

The photograph shows Miss Sowter (Head of Year 7) with two of the Year 7 pupils.

Last year the school had a shoe collection, which really helps to ensure that all of the children at Footprints are smart and ready for school.

Marian looks forward to continuing to work with The Pingle Academy. 

On Monday 5th March Jo Menzies, one of our trustees, visited William Shrewsbury School, in Stretton, who have been supporting Footprints for 10 years since it began.

Jo told the children in two presentations, all about the changes at Footprints.
She introduced all of the new children and told them what they are like.

The children were very knowledgeable and enjoyed hearing about the trip to Tsavo East, that the Footprints children went on in December last year.

At the end of the morning the children received a presentation frame in recognition of their hard work.

We would like to thank Mrs Hunter, the teachers, families and children for all of their hard work in raising money and collecting clothes and other donations, over the last 10 years.

We'd like to say 'Asante Sana' thank you in Swahili.

We look forward to continuing working with your fantastic school.

Marian visited Hilton Primary School to talk to their Year 5 and 6 children. They have been learning all about life in Kenya - so it fitted in beautifully.

The pupils enjoyed hearing some of the stories about the children living at Footprints.

Kerry decided to use the £60 to buy 60 pairs of flipflops for the children.

As it is so hot the children wear them when they are around and about the home.

They are also perfect for the showers, which can be rather slippery.

A huge 'thank you' for the donation, it is much appreciated.

Here you can see Mwongeli, Tumini and Hassan finding out about what life is like at Eggington Primary School in Derbyshire.

They could see lots of similarities between the two places so far a part.

We would like to thank Eggington School for their continued support and wish them a happy 2018. 

A Christmas Appeal went out to all of the St Peter and St Paul's School Community and within a few days there were a huge amount of donations to make Christmas more fun for the Children at Footprints.

With 36 children to love and care for you can imagine how much soap and toothpaste we get through, so we were most grateful for all of the new toothbrushes and toiletries that were sent in.

There were lots of crayons, colouring books, small toys and sewing kits. It was a real struggle to get everything out there - infact the children are looking forward to more sewing kits going out in the new year.

Once again a huge 'Thank you' goes to everyone who took time out of their busy lives and gave a thought for those not as lucky as we are here in the UK.

 At St Peter & St Paul's School, Chesterfield , they are passionate in their belief that school should be about much more than lessons alone. 

Before Christmas they had a massive shoe collection, their stage was absolutely full. The shoes are perfect for school shoes for our younger children, who seem to grow out of them so quickly!

As well as school shoes there were party shoes with lots of sparkle and trainers - as you can imaging with 36 children to care for footware is the mosy expensive item to source.

A huge 'thank you' goes to all of the children and parents for their generosity.

Two suitcases of the shoes went out at the beginning of December 2017 and the rest will go out with more volunteers in the new year.

The Learning Support base students and Y7 pupils at The Pingle Academy were so taken by the visit of Marian Askew from Footprints Orphanage, sharing her experiences of when she spent 4 weeks out there in May 2016, that they were desperate to help.

They have been collecting shoes and fundraising, by baking and selling cakes at sports day and by making donations on a non uniform day.


A total of £231.37 was presented to Marian by Mrs V Sharples (Principal) and two year 7 pupils.

As well as raising money the pupils also collected 9 boxes of shoes, trainers and flip flops!

This may seem strange but footware is the most expensive item of clothing to buy, and probably the most important, as without shoes the children are susceptible to chigoe fleas found in the sand, which burrow in to the feet and lay eggs. As well as being painful, infections can lead to amputations and in the worst cases, death.

Teacher, Lucia Covell said, 'We are now asking pupils, parents and staff to sort through their shoes and donate them to Pingle's shoe collection.'

Black shoes for school are the most needed.

Well done to all the pupils and staff, it is greatly appreciated.

Our volunteers will be taking the shoes out to Kenya when they next visit. 

Ater a great deal of fund raising Egginton Primary School presented Footprints with a cheque for £537.84. A fantastic amount raised from a school of only 70 pupils.

The events that the school held to raise the money were:

Church Fete (they kindly gave us a donation towards Footprints)
Euro 16 Football competition (some Yr 5 & 6 boys organised this)
Loom Band Club - organised by Yr 5 boy (cost of joining the club and then the items made were sold at the Church fete
A year 4 boy grew potatoes in his allotment and sold them at school
Tea & cake after Celebration Assembly

If you need ideas for fundraising then I think Eggingtom Primary have certainly been creative.

Well done to all of the children and staff - it is much appreciated.

Jo Menzies went along and told the children about her experience of her time at Footprints last September. The children then joined in with a dance that the the Footprints children had learned in their long school break.

It was fantastic. 

At Easter all of the children collected donations for Footprints Orphanage, they raised more than £600.

A huge 'thank you' goes to everyone who continues to support our charity and helps to make a difference in the lives of our now 36 children. 

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