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TWOAT News – December 2020

News from Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust (TWOAT)

TWOAT is very grateful for all the efforts of Friends and Supporters to make up for the loss of income we have experienced due to the inability to hold usual events such as our Annual Social Meeting. Items we have been offered to sell include a recently knitted large woollen blanket, a very large collection of historic music magazines and associated CDs, paintings and potted plants. Another couple started fund raising amongst their friends and relatives for The Little Sapphires Nursery & Primary School in Madagascar. They also approached the husband’s employer, Legal & General, to apply for a matched funding facility for staff’s charitable fundraising with the result that over £900 will be available to TWOAT. This will enable us to continue to fund the Little Sapphires School lunches throughout 2021. TWOAT funds helped in the original creation of The Little Sapphires as a nursery school in 2011 and we have recently been told how some of the first children to attend the school have progressed – you can see their stories by visiting our web site.

Little Sapphires School taken in 2011 – when it first opened as a Nursery School helped by funds from TWOAT

We have heard from several of the schools we support concerning increased costs such as making rooms safer for pupils with respect to COVID. We sent an extra £500 to the RUSH Academy in Kenya to help with this type of work. We have heard from the Mtandika Trade School in Tanzania that they resumed operating in June after closing for COVID. The crops the students learn to grow had a good harvest and the students studying electrical engineering are now able to maintain the solar powered water pump but the school had extra costs as examinations had to be relocated to other premises due to COVID. We will be sending more funds to help them in the New Year.

TWOAT’s Christmas Appeal this year is for you to help us to continue to fund the schools and orphanages we support in Africa, South America and Asia. Please visit to see how to donate to us online or send cheques to our Treasurer Antony Hawker at The Holt, Alcocks Lane, Kingswood, KT20 6BB.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year on behalf of my committee.


Mike Fox

Further information about TWOAT projects and details of how to donate to us can be found here or contact Mike Fox on 01737 350452.

TWOAT News – November 2020

News from Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust We are pleased to report that the second of the two John Allinson Memorial Walks, which was delayed to Oct 23rd due to Storm Alex, was successful in attracting over 20 participants who split into 4 groups for a walk from Epsom Race Course to the Langley […] Continue reading →

Charity Auction in aid of TWOAT

No 12 Restaurant have kindly donated a meal for 2 to help the work of TWOAT, our local overseas aid charity. The meal is being offered in TWOAT’s online auction at or you can contact Bob Gunn who is happy to place a bid for you. Michele and the friendly team at No 12 Restaurant, […] Continue reading →

TWOAT News – August 2020

TWOAT recently launched an appeal to raise funds to support The Little Sapphires School. It is run by the Mothers’ Union in Madagascar and has about 55 nursery and primary age children. Unfortunately due to the virus and other local issues many of the parents can no longer earn enough to contribute the £3.65 per […] Continue reading →

TWOAT News – July 2020

News from Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust We are pleased to report that, despite having had to cancel or postpone all the fund raising events we were due to run since March, we have still managed to send all the financial support we had previously promised to our projects. We even sent £750 extra […] Continue reading →

TWOAT News – June 2020

News from Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust We have now held two committee meeting since the start of the lockdown by means of a video conference. Reports indicate that some of the schools we support had to shut down by government decrees which were largely based on the situation in their country’s capital. We […] Continue reading →

TWOAT News – March 2020

The TWOAT committee has sadly concluded that in light of the current health emergency it will not be possible for us to continue with any of our planned programme of events for at least 4 months and quite probably longer. We took this decision because many of our committee members and our supporters fall into […] Continue reading →

TWOAT News – February 2020

Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust held a very successful Quiz evening on Saturday Feb 8th that was attended by over fifty people and will have raised about £600 for our funds. TWOAT would like to thank the Christchurch URC for kindly letting us use their hall. TWOAT will having its Annual Street Collection on […] Continue reading →

TWOAT News – January 2020

News from Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust Christchurch in Walton-on-the-Hill was the venue for “Sing Carols” led by Reverend John Gordon to raise funds for TWOAT. The highlight of the evening was provided by a choir from Walton Primary School who beautifully performed a repertoire of songs from their Christmas Show based on Dickens’ […] Continue reading →

TWOAT News – November 2019

Tadworth & Walton Overseas Aid Trust The TWOAT Annual Social Meeting (ASM) on November 6th in St John’s Hall was attended by around 70 people. They heard a very interesting presentation from Dr David Curnock who is a trustee of the local charity BREAD who provide the link between TWOAT and Berega Hospital in Tanzania. […] Continue reading →