Fundraising

Narrated by Myria, Y11


Their Future Today

By Lynn Stanier

Lynn Stainer, Their Future Today

During my first meeting as a parent at HCH in 2005 I told Eliana that I’d been to Sri Lanka as a volunteer after the tsunami and was busy raising money for children living in the most desperate conditions in a severely understaffed and underfunded state run institution. She immediately and most generously offered HCH as a venue for an event and in September 2006 we held our first Ball, a Mediaeval Banquet, which marked the beginning of something quite incredible. Our charity ‘Their Future Today’ was born.

A series of annual Balls have followed, a Venetian Masked Ball, Latin American Salsa Ball, and last year a Bollywood Ball all of which have raised thousands of pounds and literally transformed the lives of over 1000 orphans and abandoned and impoverished children in Southern Sri Lanka.

Each Christmas Hampton Court House children donate presents for the babies and toddlers at Ruhunu. Excitement of the colourful Christmas wrapping paper is as well received as the gifts themselves, the experience is both touching and heart-breaking.

We have ‘set free’ a brother and sister abandoned through poverty by their homeless mother and built them a home. I now know what the word ‘joyful’ really means. We support them by giving them the tools they need to help support themselves.

The dilapidated orphanage I visited in 2005 has been restored by funds raised and continues to be maintained. We have employed ten additional housemothers and supplied regular provisions including food, baby milk, medication, clothing, bedding and cleaning materials.

Laxmie (in the middle) who is an orphan herself, had no education as a child. 'Their Future Today' trained and employed her to be a housemother and baby-sitter.

Laxmie (in the middle) who is an orphan herself, had no education as a child. ‘Their Future Today’ trained and employed her to be a housemother and baby-sitter.

There is no doubt that the key to better futures is education and this year we have enabled 900 impoverished children to attend school by providing school books and equipment.

For more info, visit theirfuturetoday.com

The magic of Hampton Court House extends beyond oceans and together we are bringing hope and smiles to the world’s most needy children.

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The Maggini Quartet

at

Hampton Court House

Formed in 1988, the Maggini Quartet is one of the finest British string quartets. Its acclaimed recordings have won international awards including Gramophone Chamber Music Award of the Year, Diapason d’Or of the Year and a Cannes Classical Award, and have... twice been nominated for Grammy Awards.

programme

Mozart Quartet in Eb major K428
Brahms Quartet in A minor op.51/2

date
Wednesday 20 May 2015 at 19.30

Wine & Cheese Interval Refreshments

Admissions free. Suggested donation £30 per person.

All funds go to charity:
UK Friends of the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Foundation.
Registered Charity No. 1112819


Patron: HRH The Duke of Kent KG, President: Maestro Kurt Masur

Cheques payable to: UKFFMBF, Tom Tress, The Red House, 29 Palace Road, East Molesey, KT8 9DJ
Gift Aid form available

RSVP
Megan Tress, megantress@gmail.com, 020 8941 8532
Ruth Cecil, ruthcecil64@gmail.com, 020 8783 1998

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Alisa a

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