Save the Children is celebrating a very special birthday in 2019 and Euro MP Alex Mayer is kickstarting the charity’s centenary year by appealing to local people to donate books, clothes, ornaments and computer games.
The Euro MP said: “After Christmas, it’s the time of year to have a clear out of cupboards and draws and sort out those unwanted Christmas presents. They can bring new hope to children in Britain and across the world.”
Ms Mayer will hand over a big 100th birthday card to staff and a sack full of donations.
Save the Children was founded in 1919 by Eglantyne Jebb, and her sister Dorothy Buxton who were part of a movement fighting famine across Europe. The sisters decided that campaigning alone would not be enough and so set up the Save the Children Fund at a packed public meeting in the Royal Albert Hall.
Ms Mayer will meet with regional retail manager Adrian Hebbert who will tell her that profits made in the Cambridge Save the Children shop help fight pneumonia.
Just £2 can pay for the antibiotics to treat five children suffering from pneumonia, one of the biggest killers of children across the world.
Ms Mayer continued: “With humanitarian emergencies in Indonesia, Yemen, Syria, Bangladesh and across the world it is clear that Save the Children’s efforts are just as essential today as they were 100 years ago.”