Judy Westwater, 61, works with street children to improve their quality of life.
Pupils at Longsands Community Primary School in Fulwood became involved with her work through parents and now pass on their old uniforms to the African children.
Judy, an acclaimed author, has just seen her new book, Street Kid, reach number four in the best sellers’ list.
She has visited the Longsands Lane school at the end of term to meet the children who have formed friendships with their African counterparts and regularly write to each other.
Judy said: “This partnership will last through the children’s primary school years, so the children will grow up together. The African children are delighted to have friends in other countries. It is working wonderfully for all those involved.”
The Evening Post played a part in the link, when reader Karen Massicotte saw an article four years ago about Judy’s work. She contacted Judy and the pair soon became friends. After reading the piece, Karen was eager to help raise money for the Pegasus Children’s Trust and getting her six-year-old son Reiss’s school involved seemed like a great way to help.
She said: “I really wanted to help, so I send my son’s old clothes over to Africa. The children over there sent Reiss a thank-you card, which he took into school. The teachers saw the card and rang me and said they were interested in helping, and that’s how it started.”
Judy’s autobiographical book gives details of her life as a street child. Street Kid tells her inspirational story about how she was treated by her father and had to scavenge in bins to find food. It is published by HarperCollins, priced £12.99.
30 May 2006