WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A successful young Manchester businessman’s life has changed after being inspired by an extraordinary family in Kenya – and a 'Mama and Papa' from Lancashire.
Adam Deering, 32, a director of Manchester-based Globenet Solutions Limited (www.globenetsolutions.co.uk), has donated thousands of pounds to the Happy House Children’s Home, built and run by former Blackpool landlady, Sue Hayward, and the charity she founded, Children of Watamu.
The Happy House, situated in the fishing village of Watamu, opened in 2010 is home to a growing family of 80 orphaned, abandoned, abused or neglected children. A nursery school was added in 2011 and primary school opened last year.
Sue, who spends most of her time in Kenya, is Mama Sue to the family and her husband, Dave, is Papa.
Mr Deering, who lives in Manchester, said: “In meeting and talking with Sue I have found her to be one of the most inspirational people I have ever come across, her selfless devotion to all the kids at the Happy House, which she sees as her duty, inspires me it makes you realise that with faith in the human race and with love, education and devotion anything can be achieved.
“Getting to know Sue, her husband, Dave, and their Happy House family, has helped me remain humble and keeps me grounded it also gives me a level of understanding that life isn't about collecting material possessions for oneself, that if you are in a position to help others then it will give you more personal reward than owning anything material in this world.
“Some of the children’s stories are heart-breaking but knowing that they are now smiling and enjoying life warms and touches my heart.”
Mr Deering helps the Happy House with cash donations and also by encouraging staff to take part in dress-down days and other fundraising activities.
He is also in discussions with various business associates to generate more support and take the Happy House family forward.
Mr Deering’s most recent donation came just at the right time as the both the washing machine and the fridge had broken and been deemed beyond repair.
Mama Sue said: “I was able to replace them without having to worry about where the money was coming from. Unexpected breakdowns are always a worry to a small charity like our own.
“Anyone can imagine just how vital a fridge and a washing machine are to a family of 80 children from babies to teenagers!
“We are looking forward to Adam coming out to see us sometime so that he can meet all the children he has heard so much about.”
To find out more about the Happy House please visit www.childrenofwatamu.net
Extra information: The Happy House children’s home is saving and transforming the lives of vulnerable children in Kenya. Former Blackpool hotelier Sue Hayward, founder Children of Watamu charity, had developed three schools creating 700 pupil places in Watamu, before opening her Happy House which is now home to 80 orphaned, abandoned, abused or neglected children aged from a few weeks to teenagers. It also has a nursery school and in 2013 opened a primary school. Sue, who was born in Manchester and attended Manchester Girls’ Grammar School, was awarded the Lancashire Woman of the Year Award in recognition of her work, and has one of six finalists in the National Inspirational Woman Award last year.
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