The Friends of Angel’s Orphanage charity marked its fifth anniversary in May and on Friday 4 July, 7.30pm, jazz rock group Gypsy Fire will inject explosive energy into its celebrations.
The Friends was set up by Dr Rosa Matheson from Highworth and her husband, former West Swindon GP, Ian Matheson, and Brian Mildenhall.
The aim has been to provide long term sustainable support for an orphanage run by a Nepalese sherpa, Angel, in Kathmandu.
2014, children at Angel’s Orphanage who have bright futures with support from people in Highworth and Swindon. Below, Rosa with the children in 2010
Rosa said: “It’s been a remarkable five years, a life-changing experience for us and for the children Angel and his wife care for. When we first met them, they were struggling to survive with the children in very poor conditions. Now we’re always amazed at how much the children have grown, not just in size but in confidence and self-belief each time we go.
Ian added: “We always tell them about the people who support them and knowing that so many people care about their well-being makes them feel special and loved.
“It has been amazing what we have achieved so far and we thank all our supporters for their help.
“We’re in this for the long-run and always need more people to join us as monthly supporters or fundraisers, or by just making donations.”
To celebrate its fifth year the charity is presenting five concerts this year. Rosa said: “Gypsy Fire have had rave reviews and they turn in an electric performance whenever they appear. See them on YouTube then buy a ticket. You won’t be disappointed.