Suzy Fund reaches 40th landmark and £800,000 total

Brian Hazell with Monica and Paul Haley.
Brian Hazell with Monica and Paul Haley.
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A charity dedicated to helping deprived children around the world is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The Suzy Fund was started back in 1975 by former councillor Brian Hazell who saw a picture of a young girl who had died from starvation on a rubbish dump in Ethiopia.

Shocked by the horrific image, Mr Hazell named the girl Suzy and set up the fund to help vulnerable people in third world countries.

And after four decades of fundraising, the charity has now raised more than £800,000.

The money has helped good causes including hospitals in India and Africa, feeding stations in Ethiopia, the Pakistani flood appeal and victims of the conflict in Syria.

Paul and Monica Haley, of Heron Drive, Sandal, took over running the charity under Mr Hazell’s guidance in 2013.

Mr Haley, of Heron Drive, Sandal, said: “We are really proud to be involved in a cause which has done so much good.

“Reaching 40 years is a tribute to everyone involved with St Peter’s and St Paul’s Catholic Church who have supported the fund.

“This year we want to celebrate the anniversary with the charities we’ve helped and continue our fundraising as we want to reach our next target of £1m.”

To mark the fund’s 40th anniversary in May, benefactors have been invited to a soup supper at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Catholic Church in Sandal.

Representatives from Save The Children, Oxfam and Hope and Homes for Children will be among those to attend.

Mr Haley, a retired structural engineer, said: “We decided to do a soup supper as it is in keeping with what the fund is all about.

“We’ll do a collection at the function and hopefully raise quite a bit of money.”

To find out more about The Suzy Fund visit www.suzyfund.org.

Text SUZY36 to 70070 and a message will be sent to your phone with instructions on how to donate to the fund.

The Suzy Fund is run entirely by volunteers.

It has direct links with feeding stations in Ethiopia to ensure the maximum amount of money will benefit starving children.

The charity’s founder Brian Hazell was awarded an MBE in the 2011 New Year’s honour list for his charitable service overseas.

The Suzy Fund was set up in 1975 and Mr Hazell has stood outside St Peter’s and St Paul’s Catholic Church every Sunday collecting money in a sweet tin.

He went from collecting 10p every week from parishioners at his church to raising around £500.