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...


28 Jul 2011 12:25, 3 years, 5 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:


16 May 2011 13:55, 3 years, 7 months ago

Generosity builds houses

A huge THANK YOU to Katie's good friends, Gordon and Jill Walters, who have donated an amazing £750 to Quest4Change to be used on our project in Villa Maria.  This extraordinarily generous gesture will build an entire new house for a family desperately in need of safe and sanitary shelter.  Over the past few years in Villa Maria, donations like this have enabled us so far to build 25 new houses, replacing cardboard or plywood shelters with solid structures that have electricity, water and sewerage.

Last year, this house (above) was built for Marlene Uscovilca and her three children, five year-old Dario and three year-old twins Pamela and Jasmine.  Over the past twenty years, access for urban populations to improved water and sanitation has gone up in Peru, but at worryingly slow rate of improvement (WHO).  Quest's work in Villa Maria to provide new houses for families in need may not be able to address the larger issues at hand, but we are passionate about doing what we can, where we can.  We can only do this with help from generous donors, like the Walters, so once again - thank you.

To find out more about Quest's work in Villa Maria, and how to donate, click here.

21 Dec 2010 12:03, 4 years ago

Supporting a Teacher for Villa Maria

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.