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Shining a light for children in need
WEST DORSET’S TV chef Lesley Waters is hoping that Halloween will bring hope to some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
The chef, who has a cookery school in Halstock, has teamed up with World Vision, the world’s largest international children’s charity, to encourage people to create a lantern of hope for children by carving a heart in their pumpkin, instead of a scary face.
The charity says that when Dorset children are out trick-or-treating tomorrow night, millions of children in the world’s poorest countries live in real fear every night of the year.
Lesley Waters, is leading the campaign for World Vision and has helped create a free-to-download Night of Hope pack.
The booklet includes instructions on how to carve a heart into a pumpkin, exclusive pumpkin recipes and the chance to win a cookery class with Lesley. The pack is available to download from worldvision.org.uk/ anightofhope Lesley said: “I want to look at Halloween in a new light this year and stand with children who have no choice but to live in fear. As a parent, I enjoy carving pumpkins with my children and creating treats for the whole family.”
The charity has already helped a 15-year-old girl in Uganda who feared being married to a man three times her age. Now, with the help of her local World Vision Child Protection Committee, she no longer lives in fear and has also freed her sister Hope from fearing that same fate.
Local World Vision Ambassador, Anthony Collins, said: “Halloween is a time when many people enjoy the feeling of being slightly afraid. But for millions of children around the world fear is very real and is there every night of the year “By carving a heart in to a pumpkin this year, World Vision is asking the people of the South West to stand alongside these children to offer a lantern of hope and turn a night of fear in to a night of hope.”
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