On return from Kenya….

What an amazing trip out to Kenya we had this year, check out the photos and if you are interested in coming along next year we would love to hear from you, please inbox for more details.

An awesome medical camp! Over 4500 patients seen in 6 days in 6 locations in Kisii.

During the camp we….

  • Sponsored numerous patients for diabetes and hypertension.
  • Provided 100’s of people with new glasses
  • Removed 100’s of rotten teeth
  • Sent 11 patients to the Lions Eye Hospital in Nairobi to have cataract operations
  • Delivered 2 baby’s
  • De-wormed 6 schools of children
  • Educated schools of children and women about sexual health and rape Provided over 300 years of contraception amongst the patients

Over 45 chairs were bought for the children at Kisii Children’s Home, this is home to our re-homed orphans from last years medical camp. All of the children looked well and happy.  Thanks to the sponsorship throughout the last year their up keep and school fees were paid for 2013 and 2014.

We bought Brian (who has been disabled from polio and was previously homeless) a wheelchair.  The oldest boy we re-homed (Duke) has been doing so well at school he needed to move to a better school so we ensured his extra school fees were paid so he can now go and receive a better education.

60+ pairs of shoes bought for the entire orphanage and woolyjumpers were given to the baby orphans there.

Wema looked amazing after a complete renovation and there is now running water. We raised the level of the yard and put in a drainage system. This was important as the yard was currently getting flooded during bad periods of rain.

We elevated the water tank, providing water pressure so there is now a flushing toilet, running taps and a shower inside Wema!
During the renovation the old store was demolished as it was falling apart and a new store was made.

Wema also received a new examination room, which has been named the John Thornton Assessment Centre. It was painted and made ready to use as a room in the yard of Wema. This will hopefully one day provide the space they need for an x-ray machine.

When we arrived in Kenya we visited Graces Care Centre, to find they were told by the government they would have to close should they not be able to fund having the kitchen retiled and a new stainless steel work top fitted. We were able to provide them with a newly tiled kitchen and a new work top this year, as well as kitting out some new classrooms with school desks in time for the new term starting in September. The orphans and school children who attend Grace’s Care Centre/Lighthouse Grace Academy are very happy they can remain there now too.

This has been such a successful year, thank you all so much for your donations this year and last, it’s truly amazing what you have done for these people who benefit…..THANK YOU!



Kenya 2013 trip has kicked off…..!

Big thank you to Flight sergeant Gerry Moss and his colleagues for raising money throughout the year. They managed to raise over £750 for Patchworking Against Poverty!


Doug Scott and Rod Johnson have put on their bests on a Sunday morning to head down to a car boot sale and they raised enough money to buy a new fridge for Wema Clinic’s lab! The old fridge was old, falling apart and unhygienic. This new addition to Wema was gratefully received by Joshua and the team there.


The trip to Kenya this year has kicked of to a great start, 6 days in and work on Wema has been huge. When it rains in Kenya it rains and the clinic gets flooded outside the wards making it almost impassable from one ward to another as they have to walk outside to access each ward.  We have now cleared the whole yard, had tons of hardcore delivered ready to put in place a drainage system.

One this has been completed construction of a new store and kitchen will commence. Wema will also have a raised water tank to enable water pressure so a shower can be inserted and the toilet an flush.

Wema Clinic is under scrutiny from the government and last year we completed all the government requirements to save Wema being forced to shut down, all bar a sluice, this year we have agreed to fund a sluice to be put into the maternity ward.

The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation have solely funded a mobile ward at Wema. We have imported a freight container and it is currently being transformed into a mobile ward in Wema’s yard. It is to be named after John Thornton.


Grace’s Care Centre/Lighthouse Academy needed their kitchen replacing due to government requirements once again they were threatened with closure if this was not done, we have now ripped out the kitchen and tiling has begun and hopefully in a few days they will have a shiny new kitchen to enjoy.


All of this would not be possible without the people to help here in Kenya, so far this year I have had the pleasure of

Sadie Sutcliffe

Holly Cahill

Connie Wilman

Luke Womersley

Harry Clubb

Lawrence Page

Sam Jackson

Jordan Cawar

Chris Raj

Evans O’bare


Nor would it be possible without the support from the UK, so thank you!


After re-homing the orphans we came across last year at Kisii Medical camp we have had a sponsorship programme running for the past 10 months, we have now paid their school fees for the year. One of the orphans was a little man called Brian, he is disabled through Polio and thankfully due to money raised Brian now has a new wheelchair, so he no longer has to rely on anyone to do the simplest of things for him, he has his own independence!


Lions eye hospital in Nairobi have agreed to perform free cataract operations on anyone we find to need one at Kisii Medical camp, we only need to provide their transport. They have also agreed to give us tested spectacles to give out at Kisii Medical Camp 2013. To be able to give only one person the gift of sight would have made this whole trip for me, to be able to offer this to more than one is amazing, for this there will never be enough thanks.


Marie Stopes is an international family planning service, they have kindly donated contraception so we are able to give health advice, offer contraception and family planning advice to the patients who attend Kisii Medical Camp 2013. Thank you Marie Stopes.



Holly and Sam’s Marathon Marathon!

Holly is a friend and trustee of the charity, and in January she lost her spleen after a snowboarding accident. This amazingly has not put her off anything! Her determination and motivation has meant she has trained hard (despite having to recover from major surgery) for the Edinburgh Marathon along with her fella Sam.  The marathon takes place on 26th May 2013, and although we can not be there to support them both we wish them all the best and appreciate all the effort they have put into training!
They are raising money to support Patchworking Against Poverty and if you would like to show your support for them please use this link… www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/hollyandsamholly and sam

Sadie and Lara’s Three Peak Challenge

On the 25th May Sadie and Lara will be taking on the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge! It’s a gruelling 25 mile circuit over rocky tracks, boggy areas to conquer the three highest peaks in Yorkshire. The first peak, Pen-y-Ghent is 694m/2277ft, followed by Whernside 736m/2415ft and finished with Ingleborough 723m 2372ft. The challenge is to complete this in just 12 hours!

Sponsor Sadie and Lara at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/sadiesutcliffe

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Triathlon Complete

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Claire and Laura brave the David Lloyd Sprint triathalon on 21/04

So for some reason I signed up for a sprint triathlon in 3 weeks time.  Worse than that I convinced my friend it was a good idea too! We have dragged ourselves out running and biking in snow, rain and 22mph winds (I’ve got to admit it wasn’t always fun)…the motivation….a little orphaned guy called Brain …who has polio and some cool kids at Grace’s Care Centre orphanage in Kenya that need our help. I know everyone asks for sponsorship all the time and I appreciate it is hard but if you can just give up something maybe a pint, or a glass of vino, or that special offer box of chocolates you might be about to buy and donate a little something (no matter how small) it will go so far and the best bit…it all 100% gets there…THERE ARE NO ADMIN FEES! I know cause I take it! Here are the links to show your supportjust clinck it only takes a few seconds….

PAP visits school

This month see the start of an exciting new project for Patchworking Against Poverty, we are heading into primary schools to talk to the children about Kenya and how the children in Kenya live. The idea behind this project is to give the children an insight into poverty and how different life can be for some people, particularly the children living in poverty in Kenya.

The children will be shown photos and videos from our experiences to express the differences between the two countries. We will then run a competition between the children in each school, they will be asked to design a poster advertising the medical camp and the winner’s poster will be utilised in Kenya.

As a charity we feel that it is important for the next generation to be aware of what life is like in developing countries, see how much life differs to our own, and the ways in which we as individuals can make a difference.

If anyone would like anymore information please get in contact with us.


Air Force Junior Leaders

Amazing night last night at the Air Cadets Junior Leaders end of course dinner. During which 10 scolarships were given out from the John Thornton Young Acheivers Foundation by Peter and Linda Thornton. Six of these were scholarships to come to Kenya with us this year…massive well done to those that completed the course and got the shcolarships…good times ahead!


Casino Night Success….

On Friday 15th February Patchworking Against Poverty held a Casino Night in Lincoln, it was a huge success without which would not have been possible without help from Jen Gorton, Debra Jacklin, Michael Knowles, Jayne Jacklin, the Assembly Rooms in Lincoln, and of course the Hykeham Lions Club, who kindly came along to our Casino night and supplied the tables and croupiers and donated a very generous £250 for Patchworking Against Poverty. Thank you!

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Big thanks also to Mr Gorton for your cash prize donation for the boxes and to Pam Ashley for donating it back to Patchworking Against Poverty.

Kevin Morton won the £50 cash prize for winning the most money and he amazingly donated it back to Patchworking Against Poverty…thank you!

In total we raised a massive £1700, thank you to everyone who came to support us!


Matt and Adi conquer Tough Guy!

Matthew Wilkinson and Adi Crosby raised well over a massive £200 for Patchworking Against Poverty!

To put this in context his money will pay for 3 days of Doctors at the Kisii Medical Camp 2013!

Thanks so much!

And here’ the photo’s to prove it….

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