Events to mark 40th anniversary of local charity

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Wilmslow Wells for Arica which was founded in 1984 by Brenda Mottershead.

The local charity has been providing clean water and sanitation in some of the poorest areas of Africa for the past four decades.

The charity has raised over £1.65 million to date, 99.3% of which has been invested in 364 projects covering 19 African countries and benefitting over 650,000 people in desperate need.

This level of investment is due to the dedication of local volunteers and many hundreds of supporters who have provided their experience and donated to the charity over the years.

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, the group will be holding a special event on 8th June at at Wilmslow United Reformed Church on Chapel Lane starting at 6pm. The celebration will include the launch of their new book showcasing the charity and its work.

WWfA Chairman David Cash said "The story of how Wilmslow Wells for Africa has evolved over the last 40 years and achieved so much makes a fascinating read. I am sure many people will want to buy the book to both support the charity and learn more about it."

This will be followed by a concert of "Water Music" given by The Barnby Choir at 7.30pm. Admission to the main event is free though tickets are required for the concert. These will be available in early May and should be purchased in advance from Shan (01625 520193).

Wilmslow Wells for Arica's work not only provides enormous health benefits but also improves the quality of life in Africa, especially for women and children who no longer have to undertake dangerous daily journeys to collect water on foot from sources which are frequently polluted.


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