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The Proof of the Pudding


Home made Christmas puddings made by a Hethersett resident will not only be enjoyed by local people this Christmas but will also benefit a family friend living thousands of miles away. 

Wilhelmina Ball has been selling puddings to raise money for a paraplegic friend in Zimbabwe who is in need of financial support. 

Wilhelmina first met Mike Mavengere whilst working as a physiotherapist in Zimbabwe a number of years ago. They have kept in touch ever since and Wilhelmina and her family regularly raise small amounts of money to send to Mike. 

“Mike was one of my patients and I treated him for a couple of years and got to know him. We have kept in touch. He lives in a small village in Zimbabwe. I have been making Christmas puddings for the last four or five years in order to help him,” Wilhelmina said. 

She is selling one pound puddings for £7.50 and two pounders for £10. They can be ordered by contacting Wilhelmina on 01603 812732 (evenings). 

Meanwhile Wilhelmina’s daughter Julianna is currently working and teaching in Uganda, having raised sufficient funds to cover her year long stay. 

“We are very grateful to all the people that sponsored Julianna. She is enjoying working with disabled children and is very upbeat about everything,” Wilhelmina added.

Julianna is working in the Budaka Cheshire Home in the north east of the country and looking after physically and mentally disabled children aged between three and 16. 

Julianna is working under the banner of the Project Trust, an educational registered charity which was founded in 1967 and which has already sent 4,000 young volunteers aged between 17 and 19 to projects in 24 countries.