An Italianate sun greeted locals to the 12th Italian Music Festival at the weekend opened by local MP, Tessa Munt.
This is the 12th occasion of the festival which over the years has raised over £30,000 for local charities and is organised by Tony D’Ovidio of local building contractors ‘D’Ovidio Bros’ and his team. For 2013 they are fundraising for the Somerset Air Ambulance, St John’s Ambulance and the Childrens Hospital South West.
Tessa said “This is another fantastic example of how an active local group of people can raise so much money for good causes whilst having great fun. Tony and his team have done a splendid job this year – I’ve had a great time!”
Tessa Munt MP
16th July 2013
A passing remark by a constituent to Tessa Munt, Member of Parliament for Wells, at one of her popular and relaxed monthly surgeries in Coffee No 1 was the catalyst for her to have a meeting of minds with another local woman with a keen interest inAfrica,Rosie MartinofSt Thomas Street, Wells.
Rosie is CEO of a vibrant and growing charity called African Initiatives which supports social justice and local communities in East andWest Africa. As one of Tessa’s hobbies is East African history, her knowledge and sympathetic understanding of the difficulties faced by Tanzanian pastoralists in their land right difficulties, education and other justice issues made the meeting fast paced and productive with several ideas and support forthcoming for various initiatives for Government proposals that are presently looking to fund innovation in parts of Africa.
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Tessa attended the Martha Care charity Celebration of their progress in Glastonbury Town Hall last week. Martha Care are a local charity who help families caring for very sick children.
For the last five years, Glastonbury based charity Martha Care has been working tirelessly with the community to raise the necessary funds to start their first project. They have just employed the first Martha Care Social Worker who will be leading a project in Bristol Children’s Hospital starting in May. The charity was keen to thank everybody who helped get them to where they are today. Read the rest of this entry »
Tessa Munt MP joins the South West’s biggest carriage-driving group for the disabled on the last day at their first home. Read the rest of this entry »