Donation will give boost to Sri Lankan village

Rod and Angela Price are presented with a cheque for the Tsunami Village pre-school they support in Sri Lanka by Margaret Knowles, left, Doreen Johnston, Jean Speakman, Doreen Rudd and Stephanie Heywood, friends from Up Holland U3A, who held two parties at Stephanie's house and organised a sponsored walk

Rod and Angela Price are presented with a cheque for the Tsunami Village pre-school they support in Sri Lanka by Margaret Knowles, left, Doreen Johnston, Jean Speakman, Doreen Rudd and Stephanie Heywood, friends from Up Holland U3A, who held two parties at Stephanie's house and organised a sponsored walk

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A GROUP of kind-hearted women were so touched by the work done by a Wigan couple to help children in Sri Lanka that they set out on a fund-raising mission.

Angela and Rodney Price first started going to Hambantota, Sri Lanka, in 2005 to help victims of the Tsunami but after leaving, the couple could not stop thinking about the children and went back just eight days later.

And since then they have set up a small school for three to five year olds and visit regularly to see how everybody is progressing and help in whatever area they can.

When Margaret Knowles and her friends heard about the work the Shevington couple do they knew straight away they wanted to do something to help and have managed to raise £1,335.

Mrs Knowles said: “Angela told us about the villagers in Hambantota and the lives they live and straight away my friend Stephanie Heywood said that she would have a house party to help raise money.

“She has held parties at her house previously for charity so we knew we could raise money to help in Sri Lanka and in the end there were two parties and a sponsored walk.

“We’re really pleased with the amount we’ve been able to raise and hope it can do some good for the villagers.”

The money has already been allocated towards building a wall behind the school where there is currently just a fence, which it is hoped will help stop water flooding into the school during the monsoon season.

Mrs Price said: “The community in Hambantota are such a big part of our lives now and are like our family.

“We are delighted with the money the ladies raised for us and it will go towards improving life for the villagers.

“Monsoon rains and floods have been the worst for a number of years and on our last visit Rod laid drains but the prolonged rainfall has been too much for them to cope with. We could not continue to sponsor our school if it was not for the wide support and donations from our friends as well as many other people in the community.

“This cheque will give such a boost to our work to help the children have a better start in life.