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Ideas for Christmas gifts that benefit people of the Waterberg

Would you like to make a donation to charity instead of giving or receiving a Christmas or Birthday present?

Here are a number of helpful gifts – that keep on giving:

  • £5 will buy seedlings for a school vegetable garden – enabling pupils to learn how to grow food. The produce is made into nutritious school dinners or used in cookery classes by vocational Hotel and Catering courses. School vegetable gardens are watered and maintained by community workers over the holidays.
Help schools grown peppers, spinach, tomatoes, garlic, carrots and kale.
  • £7 will buy enough wool to knit 7 childrens’ hats – effectively keeping the disadvantaged warm. This gift is a great encouragement to volunteers of the Waterberg Knitting Club who obtain wool at wholesale prices to produce blankets and warm clothing for the needy. They are distributed by nursing Sister Grace when she conducts home visits and pave the way for her to help the needy.
The Vaalwater Knitting Club
Hats to keep children of the Waterberg warm
  • £10 will buy a pair of hard-wearing school shoes – equipping disadvantaged pupils and encouraging parents to register their children for school at the beginning of the academic year in January. This results in children walking to school with enthusiasm and prevents a ‘street kid’ culture developing. It is carefully administered by volunteers running Lethabo Kids Club in the township of Leseding.
Girl's school shoes in South Africa
School shoes worn in South Africa
  • £12 will equip a school-girl with sanitary protection while she is in secondary school. Packs of washable eco-pads made by Dignity Dreams, a not-for-profit NGO thats provide sewing-at-home work for women in Pretoria, are distributed by a school nurse after pupils receive a talk on puberty and the importance of contraception. We want to equip every girl in the region so that they do not share pads or miss lessons. This gift encourages communication with the school nurse who is trying to reduce teenage pregnancy that instills poverty and limits girls from reaching their potential.
Dignity Dreams eco-sanitary pads that come in sets of six
  • £15 will buy a food parcel to feed a needy family for a week – food purchased at competitive prices is packed by volunteers and carefully distributed to about fifty needy people in the community every month. It is usually the chronically ill, the elderly, orphans and or very young single parents who benefit, along with needy people who do not qualify for official social security support for some reason. Local farmers add to the food parcels when they can. Food parcel distribution opens the door for additional nursing support with advice on health and hygiene.
Food parcels for the needy
  • £110 will send a pupil on a 5-day residential course at Lapalala Wilderness School – this grants a fantastic opportunity for a promising student to learn about ecology, achieve good academic results and find out about careers in wildlife conservation. It is one of the best ways of promoting understanding about the importance of anti-poaching.
Students learning about conservation at Lapalala Wilderness School in the Waterberg

Many of these gifts benefit schools of the Waterberg and encourage volunteers.

THANK YOU for funding The Waterberg Trust and the projects we support.

Donating through JustGiving works well as UK Gift Aid is automatically claimed and they accept 8 different currencies. Please click here and specify what gift you would like to chose.

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There are a number of other ways you can donate listed on our website here.

If you would like a card with details of the gift that you can give away, please leave a comment in the comments below and we will get back to you.

Report on our latest fundraising event at Moggerhanger Park near Sandy in Bedfordshire

WWST Trustee Elaine Franklin reports that the ‘Feast of Frocks’ Boden Party held at Moggerhanger Park on Thursday 14th November was a great success.

‘The event went really well – especially during the day,’ attracting many who came along if only to buy a cake, have a cup of coffee and a look around the house. The evening was attended by keen Boden customers who had the opportunity to try on this season’s Boden Collection in the comfortable bedrooms of the lovely, spacious house.

It will be great to see how much the event raised as the proceeds come in over the next two weeks or so. Elaine said that,  ‘If it proves a success financially, we plan to repeat the event in the Spring.’  Moggerhanger Park will look beautiful then and no doubt Boden will have their new summer collection of frocks ready to try on.

Well done to all who helped organise the event and supported it with their presence.

Moggerhanger Park Nov 2013 Boden Sale


A Feast of Frocks ~ 14th November 2013

Moggerhanger Park in Bedfordshire
Moggerhanger Park in Bedfordshire


On Thursday, 14th November

Visit us at any time between 10am – 1pm and 7pm – 10pm

Help to raise valuable funds for the Waterberg Welfare Society Trust and
Moggerhanger House Preservation Trust

You are invited to a fun charity shopping event at Moggerhanger Park,
between Bedford and Sandy, where we will have something for everyone. We
have teamed up with the popular clothes retailer Boden, and are hosting a
morning and an evening of trying on, shopping, shwapping accessories, cakes,
manicures and lots of fun – what’s not to love!

22% off all Boden items with free delivery and returns

Come and try on the clothes – you can purchase on or after the day, for the
same great offer, so no pressure

Bridal Suite Main

We all love a bit of online/catalogue shopping but nothing beats being able
to see and feel the clothes ‘in person’ and try them on. Also, you will have
the unique opportunity to view and use the beautifully restored bedrooms at
Moggerhanger Park House as special dressing rooms for the day – now that is
shopping in style!

Boden’s special Christmas and winter ranges will be on display with racks of
ladies wear, Mini Boden, Johnnie B, accessories and some menswear – we will
also have jeans in every size to help you find your perfect fit.  Perfect
timing for getting that special party outfit or for a bit of Christmas
Shopping for friends and family.

Spread the word and please invite friends and family – up to four friends
(new customers to Boden) can earn up to £100 free Boden credit to your

Get Shwapping for Accessories

Bring along those bags, belts, scarves and jewellery you never seem to wear,
and schwap for something new for a small donation.

Coffee, cake, wine, nibbles and manicures!

Indulge in some excellent coffee and cake in the morning session or wine and
nibbles in the evening. Pamper yourself and take some time out from shopping
and have your nails done with a team of professionals available to transform
your hands. Then treat your family to some tempting and delicious homemade
cakes that will be available for you to buy and take home.

It’s absolutely free to come along, just drop in whenever is most convenient
for you. There is no need to book but it would be helpful if you could drop
us an email to friends@moggerhangerpark.com to let us know, just so we can
make sure to get enough cake and wine in!

MP Chapel

Why not arrange to have lunch with a friend at The Woodland Café in the
grounds of Moggerhanger Park.  Every guest will be given a money off voucher
to spend at the café on the day or for up to a month after.

Every penny raised goes toward the two charities:  Moggerhanger House
Preservation Trust & The Waterberg Welfare Society in South Africa.

Looking forward to welcoming you and your friends to this special event.
Please do circulate this to anyone whom you think would like to join us –
the more the merrier!

Moggerhanger Park, Bedfordshire