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£4,500 cheque goes to Grace’s Place

October 23, 2013


Thanks to friends, church members and generous people like you, we were able today to hand over a cheque for an amazing £4,500 to Flora Manieson, who is heading the fund-raising efforts for Grace’s Place in the UK.

Flora is Grace’s sister, and lives in Leyton, in East London. When we spoke to her she described how her home is full of boxes of books, ready for shipping to the children in Akosombo.

As we handed over the cheque, she told us what a difference it would make: “This will make it possible for work to start on the site of our proposed library this November, and for us to get the foundations laid. We’ve already invited the local MP and key community leaders to a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of the building work, and we hope and pray that they will catch the vision and will help us finish the library in record time. All that has been made possible by the giving of wonderful people in East London and Essex.”

There’s much to be done, of course. Grace’s Place is much more than just a long-dreamed-of building. It’s becoming a movement to enable children in Akosombo and, in time, villages across Ghana, to enjoy a safe space where they can read and develop the skills that will equip them for life.

If you’re one of the people who contributed to the £4,500 we have given to Grace’s Place, thank you. Your gift is being put to use even as you read this. And if you are yet to make a donation, it’s not too late. Get in touch with me at and we can discuss what you can do to help make the vision a reality.


‘Where DID you get that shirt?’

July 18, 2013


I’m wearing this amazing shirt in honour of Grace Manieson-Annancy and her work with children in Akosombo, in Ghana, about which you can read more in earlier entries in this blog.

The shirt is made of cloth produced in Akosombo and bought by me from Akosombo Market when I visited in February.

It was on that visit that I first saw Grace’s work among children there, encouraging them to develop their reading skills. With the help of books donated from East London, dozens of children are being given skills that will equip them for life. Last year, a generous donation funded some bookcases on which the reading material is displayed. And this year, we started raising funds to build a permanent home – a library, if you like, that we’re calling ‘Grace’s Place’ – where children will be able to come and read in safety and comfort.

If you’d like to support ‘Grace’s Place’ I’d be happy to tell you more, and to receive your donations. Email me at or read the rest of this blog for more info.

Big-hearted St Cedd’s supports ‘Grace’s Place’

June 14, 2013


St Cedd’s Church, Barkingside, isn’t the biggest church in the world, but it has a big-hearted congregation! So when they heard about ‘Grace’s Place’, our project for children in Ghana, they put their hands in their pockets and gave generously.

As a result, their Vicar, Rev Stella Olukanmi, was able to send us a magnificent cheque for £200, taking our total beyond £3,000 already. Thank you, St Cedd’s!

Generous churchwardens give to ‘Grace’s Place’

June 6, 2013


The Churchwardens and clergy who attended the recent ‘Visitation’ service in Wanstead responded immediately when told about Grace’s Place. I’ve just received a cheque from Wanstead Parish, who organised the evening, and I’m bowled over that it was nearly £1,000.
There’s a long way to go yet, but we’re about to send information about Grace’s Place to lots of generous people across East London, and we know that they will respond in lots of imaginative ways.

We want to build a permanent place where children can come to read and learn in peace and safety. We’re calling it Grace’s Place: Can we make it happen? Yes, together we can!

Become one of Grace’s Angels!

March 13, 2013

In the theatre world, people who invest their money to make productions happen are known as ‘angels’. Well, Grace and the children of Akosombo need some angels to help them realise their dream of a permanent home for their books and bookshelves.
Could that be you? Already, one angel has made a stonking donation of £1,000. The target is just £20,000, meaning that we only need another 19 people to give £1,000 each, or 190 people to give £100, or… – you get the picture.

So, will you be an angel for the children of Akosombo, who only want somewhere to learn to read in safety? If so, you can donate now by using a bank debit or credit card and going to

Don’t forget to gift-aid your donation if you’re a UK taxpayer. Let George Osborne give to Grace’s Place too!