Double The Love

Magnus launches the appeal with a little help from local twins

Great news from Mary’s Meals!

logo for new matching donation UK AidOur charity partner, Mary’s Meals, has launched a new campaign today. Any donations to Mary’s Meals, or to My Weekly’s Helping Hand Appeal, until March 1, 2019, will be doubled up by the UK government, up to £2 million.

This will enable Mary’s Meals to reach thousands more chronically hungry children in Zambia with a life-changing meal every school day.

The campaign was officially launched today from the charity’s headquarters in Dalmally, Argyll, where the founder and global chief executive Magnus McFarlane-Barrow visited the village primary school where he was met by two sets of identical twins, four-year-olds Grace and Flora, and eight-year-olds Ed and Ollie.

Magnus said,

With match funding from the UK government, we have a wonderful opportunity to create an even bigger impact and transform the lives of many, many more hungry children with the gift of food and education.

Zambia suffers from high rates of malnutrition, poverty and food insecurity. Children can often be found working in fields, begging on street corners or scavenging for food just to survive. More than 360,000 primary school-age children are out of school, and those who do attend are often so hungry they don’t have the energy to concentrate and learn in class.

Your donations can make a world of difference to hungry children Pic: Chris Watt

Your donations can make a world of difference to hungry children Pic: Chris Watt

It costs Mary’s Meals just £13.90 to feed a child for a whole school year – but Double The Love means that will feed two children.

To donate, go to or Freephone 0800 698 1212. Or you can send a cheque or postal order to My Weekly Helping Hand Appeal, 2 Albert Square, Dundee DD1 1DD.

Find out more about our Helping Hand Appeal and our readers’ million pounds success

Sally Rodger