Colne Grandma flies off to help Brazil orphans

ADVENTUROUS: Maggie Randall (71) has travelled to Brazil to help build a new centre for children who have grown up in the favelas (S)
ADVENTUROUS: Maggie Randall (71) has travelled to Brazil to help build a new centre for children who have grown up in the favelas (S)

AN adventurous grandmother from Colne has jetted off to Brazil to help build a new centre for children who have grown up in some of the country’s most deprived communities.

Maggie Randall (71), a retired teacher, went to southern Brazil as a volunteer a couple of years ago to help with the building of simple houses for slum dwellers.

She has now made a return trip, in which she has joined a team of eight people to create a home for children who have been rescued from lives of violent abuse.

The home will house, educate, and care for up to 20 children and will offer them a childhood that many of them have never experienced before.

Maggie helped to raise funds for the trip by arranging a garden tea party and a jubilee quiz.

She also took part in a Hallowe’en bake at Pendle Leisure Centre.

Before setting off on her travels, which were organised by Mission Direct, a Christian charity who work in some of the poorest parts of the world, Maggie said: “I am excited about helping with the orphanage because we met the children concerned when we were there last time.

“However, I am feeling rather apprehensive about the long arduous journey to get there, and my age is beginning to have some drawbacks.

“Hopefully, the adrenalin will kick in and keep me going once we get started.”

Maggie recently enlisted the support of approximately 30 young people, as well as a few leaders, to take part in a sponsored Cardboard City Sleep-out.

She would like to thank Cleavers, who provided bacon for breakfast, and IAC (Integrated Aluminium Components) who provided a large quantity of cardboard boxes with which to build the shelters.

l Anyone wishing to sponsor the project can send donations to The Mission, Goitside, Nelson, BB9 7XD.

Ring 01282 700058 for more information.