Signed photo puts Kenyans in frame

Fleetwood Rotarian Robert Stead with Sue Hayward, co-founder of the Children of Watamu Happy House Home.
Fleetwood Rotarian Robert Stead with Sue Hayward, co-founder of the Children of Watamu Happy House Home.
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Youngsters in a Kenyan children’s home are enjoying getting to know some of their Fleetwood friends.

A signed photograph of Fleetwood Rotary Club members, who have a long history of raising funds for the Children of Watamu Happy House children’s home, is now hung up there.

Some of the youngsters living at Happy House Children's Home in Kenya -  Steve, Alex and Lucky.

Some of the youngsters living at Happy House Children's Home in Kenya - Steve, Alex and Lucky.

The photo and a watercolour painting, both created by port Rotarian Robert Stead, were presented by the club to former Blackpool hoteliers, Sue and Dave Hayward, founders of Happy House home and school.

The children’s home, which provides a family home to up to 100 orphaned abandoned or neglected, and the kindergarten, primary and secondary school, which also serve the community, have become centres of excellence for the way children from abject poverty can be cared for and educated.

And over the years, Fleetwood Rotary Club has helped to make this happen with both club and individual support. Their most recent effort came when members were given £5 and challenged to see how much they could raise with it in three months.

The challenge brought in more than £1,000 which, along with the picture, was presented to Sue and Dave while they were visiting the UK.

Now they have returned to Kenya, the picture has been framed and is displayed in the reception at Happy House – much to the delight of the children.

Sue said: “We like our children to know about the people, all around the world, who support us and help to make our work possible.

“They are showing a great interest in who is who in Fleetwood Rotary – specially as some members sponsor kids.” Local organizations interested in a talk on Happy House should contact UK voluntary organizer, Elizabeth Gomm at elizabethgomm@childrenofwatamu.net