This Mother’s Day, celebrity mum Izzy Judd is lending her support to international aid charity, Mary’s Meals, My Weekly’s charity partner – and you can do the same!
Every year My Weekly magazine’s readers donate to our Helping Hand Appeal for Mary’s Meals, to help the most disadvantaged children in the world’s poorest countries. The charity has a simple ethos, it provides one daily meal in a school setting that not only gives much needed nourishment, but it also helps children receive an education which can be a lifeline out of poverty.
This Mother’s Day, musician and celebrity mum, Izzy Judd, is also encouraging families across the UK to support the charity by giving a special Mother’s Day gift.
The mother-of-three, who is married to McFly star Harry, says:
As a mother to Lola, Kit and Lockie, I know how important it is for children to be happy, healthy, and well-educated. And that’s what Mary’s Meals is all about. Its life-changing school meals attract little ones into the classroom, where they can learn their way to a better future.
“I have been swept off my feet by this incredible charity – and you should be too!”
The charity feeds more than 2.4 million children every school day – and that simply wouldn’t be possible without the love and dedication of mothers all around the world.
Dan McNally, head of grassroots engagement at Mary’s Meals, explains, “Here in the UK, we are lucky to be supported by amazing women, like Izzy, who fundraise and volunteer so that we can feed desperately hungry children. And in the countries where we work, it is most often mothers who volunteer to prepare, cook, and serve the food. They do this so that their children, and the children in their communities, can have the chance of a better life.”
How to Help This Mother’s Day
To mark Mother’s Day on Sunday, March 19, Mary’s Meals is offering a range of beautiful gift cards. Priced from just £19.15, the proceeds from each of these special cards will feed one hungry child every day for a school year.
Izzy continues, “I will be dropping some hints to my children for a Mary’s Meals gift, and I will also be giving one of these lovely cards to my own mum, Gill. I think she will be thrilled to know that, together, we are ensuring that a child is in school, with a full belly, ready to learn.”
To find out more and to purchase a Mother’s Day gift card, please visit marysmeals.org.uk/shop.
Djigbenon Firmine is a mother-of-two and volunteer cook at Adido Primary School in Benin, West Africa. She has been preparing and serving Mary’s Meals at the school for more than two years, and she can see how much the daily serving of maize or rice with beans, vegetables, meat, fish or eggs is helping the children.
She says, “I know how important it is for children to eat well every day at school and it is wonderful to see the joy when our tired and hungry children have full bowls of food waiting for them.”