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Couple make a difference

PUBLISHED: 19:10 23 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:29 05 July 2010

THE fundraising efforts of an Oulton Broad couple are continuing to help make a difference to an impoverished area of Bulgaria.

For the past four years former Waveney District Council leader Brian Hunter and his wife Sheila have helped to provide much-needed refurbishment and equipment for a small village kindergarten school with 25 pupils.

THE fundraising efforts of an Oulton Broad couple are continuing to help make a difference to an impoverished area of Bulgaria.

For the past four years former Waveney District Council leader Brian Hunter and his wife Sheila have helped to provide much-needed refurbishment and equipment for a small village kindergarten school with 25 pupils.

A visit to the Medovo School in June 2004 revealed urgent work was needed - and with the help of Lowestoft Rotary Club and sponsored walks the couple raised £2,550 for the refurbishment works.

And now the hard-working couple from Hadleigh Drive are working to support another project in Bulgaria to assist in the improvement of four kindergartens and special schools in the district of Pomorie.

The project involves the provision of play and learning areas for disadvantaged and disabled children living in villages in the district, and it all stemmed from a return trip to Bulgaria in July last

year.

Mr and Mrs Hunter met officers of the Pomorie Rotary Club, and subsequent help and financial support has followed, with the Lowestoft Rotary Club once again agreeing to help with the project.

“It was a wonderful moment that on our return from Bulgaria last year the first letter we opened was a letter of support from Lord Kinnock of Bedwellty containing a cheque for £50,” Mr Hunter said.

Locally staff at Travelcare took part in a sponsorship challenge, entering a team in this year's Rotary sponsored walk round the Somerleyton Estate on Sunday to boost funds.

And the next event planned is an evening of entertainment and nostalgia.

Mr and Mrs Hunter, in association with That's Entertainment Associates, have organised Down Memory Lane - remembering the golden age and veterans of variety - which is being held at Oulton Community Centre, on June 21.

Entertainer Kenny Cantor, with special guests Shani Cantor, The 2 lads and Caitlin Chapman, will present fun, laughs and songs of an evening packed full of nostalgia.

The likes of the Crazy Gang, Tommy Cooper, George Formby and Max Miller will all be remembered on the night, which starts at 7.30pm.

“We may not be able to change the world but for these children we can make a difference,” Mr and Mrs Hunter told The Journal.

Tickets, which cost £10 for adults and £5 for children under 15, are available on 01502 582901.

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