"... promoting health and emotional wellbeing."

Murray Frankland

Small changes really do make a big difference...

Fundraising has always been an important part of our core business and over the years thousands of pounds has been raised for two Leicester based charities: Salt of the Earth and Childsmile.

Salt of the Earth was started 30 years by Murray Frankland and works in over 200 rural villages in Tamil Nadu, South India. The charity have initiated and supported some truly amazing transformative work with marginalised very poor communities. There are few administration costs as Murray is an expert in persuading people to donate their skills and time for free. For more information go to www.sote.org.uk

Childsmile is the official charity of The City of Leicester College, started fifteen years ago by teacher Adam Wilby it works with orphan children in Kathmandu Nepal. Outside the African continent, Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. Childsmile is currently raising money to improve the basic infrastructure of 'The Blessed Home' where 14 girls and boys live. Windows have been installed, plaster put on the walls and a shower and toilet have been fitted into the bathroom. The charity support the children by supplementing a poor diet and also provide additional warm clothing in the wintertime which is freezing in the Himalayas. 

All profit from the sale of Tulsi teas is given to the charities and in December 2011, 2012 and 2013, I was able to give Murray Frankland a Cheque for £500 which paid for two underground rainwater collection tanks for primary schools in Tamil Nadu. These storage tanks ensure that the children attending the schools have access to clean drinking water. Water born disease is one of the biggest killers of children under the age of five in poor communities in the developing world. So whilst you are enjoying a cup of delicious herbal tea you are also helping to provide clean drinking water to children in India where the teas are grown.

The money from December 2013 was used to purchase 750 sapling trees to prevent soil erosion and to provide much needed shade in the villages. 

In December 2014 the £400 donated to Salt of the Earth was used to dig and build a Baby Pond. The pond is then stocked with fish which as they grow provide a valuable source of protein particularly to children. Malnutrition is a major cause of death and cognitive impairment in infants and young children in South India, the effects of mal nourishment in the first two years of life are now thought to be irreparable. For more information on these ponds, visit the website.

At the end of 2016 £500 was donated to Salt of the Earth which was raised through three events during the year. As well as an afternoon learning about the wonderful benefits of Findhorn Flower Essences, we held a Weleda Foot Spa evening with all profit from sales going to support a project for emotionally vulnerable young women in Tamil Nadu. 

Our most recent event was a Tropic Spa evening at Chapel Lane Studio on 2nd November. We had a completely full house, a wonderful health promoting evening and raised £325 for SOTE.

Not sure what we will do for 2019, if you have any inspiration do let us know!!