Lockdown plant sale raises £2,000 for Malawi charity

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Lynne Vian flying the Malawi flag in her Haye Lane garden where she has been selling plants for charity

LYME Regis resident Lynne Vian has raised £2,000 for schools in rural Malawi by selling plants throughout lockdown. 

Lynne has been selling the plants from her garden in Haye Lane to raise funds for ‘Hooke Court in Malawi’, a charity she and her husband – Lyme Regis town crier Alan Vian – set up to develop teaching and learning by supporting a group of schools in the south east African country.

Lynne said: “Usually we sell plants at the local fetes as well as on our doorstep but, of course, this year they have all been cancelled.

“Haye Lane has been a walking route for many people during the COVID-19 crisis and many have bought plants from us for the charity. I am very grateful to everyone who has helped us and we look forward to sending the money to Malawi as soon as travel restrictions allow.”

Lynne’s husband Alan has been to Malawi on five occasions and is planning another trip soon.

He said: “Schools are closed at the moment because of the pandemic, which has had a devastating effect on the communities we support.

“Over the past few years we have seen the quality of teaching and learning develop and the standards attained by the children improve. Education is the major route out of the poverty and deprivation in the area.”

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