A big thank you to Selsey Walking Group, including Katie's aunt, who have raised £120 which will support a teacher in the Quest school in Villa Maria for a year. Achievements like this are massively important in determining the success of the school - the building may be built, but without support for the teachers, it can't fulfil its purpose.Read more...
21 Dec 2010 12:03, 2 years, 11 months ago
6 Dec 2010 10:02, 3 years ago
It's been over two years now since Katie's friends and family started supporting our project in Villa Maria, and their dedication has never waned. A hugely successful salsa night near Tewkesbury, a bake sale in the corridors of Watson Wyatt in Westminster, several sponsored runs and many other fantastic efforts has helped to give homes for dozens of families, education for dozens of children and sometimes just some fun and entertainment for the thousands of kids we work with out there.
Their most recent effort has been to sponsor a teacher at the Quest school in Villa Maria for 2011. The school is still expanding, and next years growth to include a third year primary class has been helped hugely by this donation. Special thanks goes out to Angie, one of the receptionists at Bredon Hill Surgery, who raised a fantastic £210 towards this fund from a raffle.
Everyone who has contributed to Katie's fund has a very special place in the hearts of the community of Villa Maria, thank you for your continued support!
27 Apr 2010 11:41, 3 years, 7 months ago
This is a clip of the last day that the Ashbridges spent in Villa Maria, visiting the project they and their friends have been supporting in their daughter's memory for the past few years. Kevan Ashbridge makes a very moving speech to the families out there - even moreso because he did it in very accomplished Spanish!
Thanks to the Ashbridges and everyone who has supported the project thanks to their efforts.
22 Apr 2010 10:31, 3 years, 7 months ago
Last week Kevan and Penny Ashbridge, parents of Katie, were welcomed by our project staff in Villa Maria, Peru. They spent a day visiting our school, as well as meeting the families which have benefitted from the houses built with funds raised by their Katie's friends, family and work colleagues.
Here is a short video of their visit, we look forward to hearing their story first hand when they return.
13 Apr 2010 15:09, 3 years, 7 months ago
The guys in Villa Maria are particularly excited at the moment, as Kevan and Penny Ashbridge have travelled out to Peru and will be visiting the many houses which have been built in their daughter's memory. We look forward to hearing news of the goings on from their visit - watch this space!
Katie was a volunteer at our Villa Maria Project in Peru back in 2000. Tragically, she died in 2007. Family, friends and work colleagues of Katie's have set up a fund in her name, and some of these funds are going to help the project she supported with Quest.