A SHELTERED housing boss who enjoyed a “humbling” trip to Colombia earlier this year organised an event to raise money for a charity she has seen in action first-hand.
Olwyn Buttery spent two weeks in Bogota, in the South America country, where she worked for the charity Children’s Vision International (CVII).
The charity aims to take abandoned, abused and high-risk children off the streets and into care and Olwyn was inspired by the experience.
She has since returned to work as scheme manager at Kensington Court sheltered housing complex, in Hartlepool’s Holdforth Road, but continues her work for the children’s cause.
The mum-of-two organised an event at the complex and raised more than £300 which was handed over to CVII.
Tenants and their family and friends enjoyed looking around a number of stalls, took part in raffles and had a pie and peas lunch.
They also got the opportunity to hear about the work the charity does as Richard Sanderson from the charity as well as other representatives attended.
Olwyn was delighted and said she was “over the moon” to raise the impressive amount of cash.
Olwyn, who also lives at Kensington Court, said: “It was a wonderful afternoon.
“To raise more than £300 was excellent, and Richard was ever so grateful.
“It really was a humbling experience when I went to Colombia and to see the charity work first hand made me realise just how important a role it plays.
“Without the work of the charity, a lot of the children who it supports wouldn’t have survived.”
Olwyn thanked everyone who manned the stalls and helped to make the event a success.
She added: “This is the first time I have done anything like this so I didn’t really know what to expect.
“But I will definitely be organising more fundraising activities in the future.”