19 Aug 2013 15:35, 1 year, 4 months ago

Happy Birthday Kevan!

A huge thank you to the wonderful friends and family of Kevan and Penny Ashbridge, who raised £260 for the Quest School in Villa Maria at Kevan's big birthday bash the other day!  This money is a fantastic donation to help support the work in Villa Maria, and will be used to provide full sponsorship for one of the children there, which costs £200 and covers school fees, books and uniforms.  

The remainder can purchase a full set of uniforms for one pupil. Although there is sometimes quite a debate over the topic of school uniforms in the UK, having a uniform for the VM school not helps to reinforce the sense of community in this school serving a few different communities, but it also importantly provides the pupils with good quality clothing they can wear every day, cutting down on other clothing costs for struggling.

Thank you - and congrats!

3 Nov 2011 17:29, 3 years, 1 month ago

Big thanks to Grant-Thornton and Charlotte Ashbridge

Big thanks to Grant-Thornton LLP (Chartered Accounts) for their fantastic donation of £250 - this amount generously matched the £810 raised by employee Charlotte, who completed the Liverpool triathlon earlier this year.

In Villa Maria, just £500 can build one house, so £1000 goes a long way!

Over the years, Quest has built 27 houses in Villa Maria in 'Katieville', providing safe and warm housing to vulnerable families.

So... From all at Quest and Villa Maria, big thanks to Grant-Thornton and a massive high five to Charlotte...


7 Oct 2011 10:40, 3 years, 2 months ago

Plaque on the expanded school

Katie's plaque

"This school has been supported in its continuing improvement by funds raised by friends and family of Katie Ashbridge. Katie was a well-loved volunteer with Quest Overseas in 2000, and donations continue to be made in her memory."

As a thank you for all the support over the years from Katie's friends and family in Villa Maria, the above plaque has been put up inside the Quest School.


Below is a video from project director Alejandro and some of the Villa Maria children:


The school has recently expanded, with some finishing work to be done on the classrooms still remaining, for which we are fundraising.   The work will be finished in plenty of time for the new school year in March 2012, when the intake will go from 110 children to 180 children up to the age of eleven.


New classrooms VM  Wash basins VM








Brilliant news.  Thanks to everyone for their support.


28 Jul 2011 12:25, 3 years, 4 months ago

Donations keep coming in for Villa Maria!

Another big thank you to a number of people who have generously donated to support Quest's work Villa Maria on behalf of Katie....

For donations at Penny Ashbridge's 60th - thank you to Mr & Mrs Hadley, Dr & Mrs Lewis and Mrs Healey!

Thanks to Jane Powell and other staff at Peter Hickman's Hairdressers in Tewkesbury for a fantastic teddy bear raffle!

Great work by Jane Davies and other staff at the Bredon Hill Surgery in Tewkesbury for their quiz night - many thanks!

In Villa Maria, the school expansion is going well, and these funds raised will be very much appreciated by staff there, as they will go towards making the newly-built second storey more child-friendly.  A plaque in Katie's name will be placed on the school as recognition of all her family and friends have continued to do in support of Villa Maria.  Quest have a team of volunteers out in Villa Maria at the moment, who have just been painting the new classrooms with exciting pictures,  building homes for families in need, and entertaining the myriad kids with fancy dress costumes and cinema shows.

Keep an eye out on this page and our Quest4Change blog for future VM updates!

29 Jun 2011 17:02, 3 years, 5 months ago

Charlotte runs, swims and cycles for Villa Maria!

Charlotte Ashbridge

This weekend Charlotte Ashbridge completed the Liverpool 2011 Triathlon in a fantastic one hour and 51 minutes - well done indeed!

So far, Charlotte has raised a brilliant £615 for Villa Maria, which wil be used to expand 'Katie-Ville', the collection of new houses for vulnerable single-parent families in the shanty town. These houses can cost only around £500 to build, but provide safe, and sanitary homes with electricity, running water and sewerage, which makes an enormous difference to any family previously living in this kind of rough shelter: