A charity run by two former Deesiders which has supported over 1,500 children through nursery education in Malawi has marked its fifth anniversary.
Following their latest visit to Malawi in January, founders Paula and Stuart Glegg, both formerly of Glassel and Banchory, decided that the five year anniversary would be the perfect milestone to share the success of the project among those who have supported the Trust over the years.
They held a celebratory ceilidh at Banchory Scout Hut recently to thank fundraisers for their continued support.
Paula said: “It was important to us to have a celebration because we wanted to show how grateful we are to all those who have supported the nurseries.
“A milestone such as this allows you to stand back and take a long look at how it is all working and see how very blessed we have been and what a huge success it is.
“The money we receive has allowed us to build, run, staff, stock and maintain four nurseries for five years. It is truly unbelievable. The nurseries are supported by so many people from so many different situations, and every penny has been valuable and means such a lot to us.”
While supporters of the charity marked the occasion with a traditional Scottish dance, the Nansato Nursery Trust teachers and committee members held their own shindig – Malawi style – to toast the Nansato Nursery Trust.
Stuart said: “We also wanted a celebration to take place in Malawi, because the success of this charity is totally down to the amazing staff and committees there.
“Many of these people have been with the charity from the very start and many of the achievements are down to their efforts. So it was only fitting that they were able to celebrate in this achievement too.”
For more information about Nansato Nursery Trust, or to donate, please visit www.nansato.org or www.justgiving.com/nansatonursery.