Mrs Wendy Holmes
Age group: 65+
Specialist topic: Underprivileged children in the developing world. raising funds
Organisation: Kids Around The World
Organisation position: founding Trustee
Media Experience: a few radio interviews and articles in the local press.
Available for: Radio,Print
Divorcee with three adult sons and 8 grandchildren. Inspired at 18yrs of age by Gladys Aylwood, solo missionary to China. Wasn't til the age of 45 that I had the opportunity to follow the dream of helping underprivileged children overseas. In 1989 went to the Philippines and worked in a small orphanage. My life was changed when I heard the words "we ate yesterday, maybe we'll eat tomorrow" from the housemother of the children - yet they'd made a meal for me. Began a child sponsorship scheme and started fund raising events. Since visited underprivileged children's projects in Romania, Latvia, Kosovo, Armenia, Jamaica and Liberia. Worked on the Africa Mercy, hospital ship which works in West Africa and set up a branch of Operation Christmas Child in Sheffield. Two years ago opened Kids Around The World charity shop in Woodseats to raise funds for these children.