Fundraiser collects almost £250k during 28 years of annual fasting

Fundraiser collects almost £250k during 28 years of annual fasting


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Fundraiser collects almost £250k during 28 years of annual fasting

The two Barbaras completed their annual fundraising 'fast' at the weekend and their impressive collection is set to be quadrupled.


Barbara Walmsley and her life-size doll raised more than £15,000 for Oxfam for the three-day event, which will be twice doubled thanks to an EU grant.

Doll Barbara goes without food on behalf of the 76-year-old, who was banned from fasting due to medical reasons.

The pair began the 28th 'fast' at Sainsbury's in Providence Place on Friday and sat in the store for more than 32 hours over the three days, ending on Sunday.

The money raised will support the Oxfam Liberia Rice Appeal to turn swamp land into rice fields and help the country's poorest families beat hunger.

A grant from the EU has pledged to quadruple all donations made to the project.

Barbara began fundraising for the charity when she was 16 and took part in her first fast in 1985, raising £313.13.

Since then, the former teacher has raised almost a quarter of a million pounds through the fasts.

"It was really good," said the Cookham resident.

"So many people said 'how are you' because they remembered that I had this heart attack and said how well I looked.

"One or two children actually gave me their own money.

"It makes a tremendous difference. A small amount of money can do so much overseas.

"Sainsbury's, as ever, were so kind and helpful and supportive."


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