Campaigning Scots schoolgirl Martha Payne set to move to Malawi after raising £130,0000 Comments

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Posted on 01 Oct 2013 at 1:45pm

SCHOOL meals blogger Martha Payne and her family are ready to up sticks for a year and embark on an African adventure.

Martha Payne with president Joyce Banda

Martha Payne with president Joyce Banda

A SCOTS schoolgirl who raised £130,000 to feed African children is on the verge of moving to Malawi for a year.

Martha Payne and her family have been so impressed at the impact of the money that they are ­planning to live there.

The 10-year-old, from Lochgilphead, Argyll, made headlines last year when she was banned by the local council from posting pictures and ratings of her school dinners on her blog.

The resulting outcry, in which she was backed by Jamie Oliver and Raymond Blanc, helped her campaign to raise money for Argyll-based Mary’s Meals.

Some of the money was used to build a shelter at Lirangwe Primary School in Blantyre, Malawi, and she has met the country’s head of state, Dr Joyce Banda, in Edinburgh.

Her dad David, 40, said: “The biggest thing we’re considering at the moment is going to Malawi as a family for a year. We’re really keen.

“Martha’s keen and I think, for the kids, spending time with children in Malawi would be fantastic.”

David has a smallholding in Scotland and plans to farm in Africa while his wife Rebecca, a GP, would like to help train doctors.

He added: “It’s just a case of her getting a sabbatical from work.”

Martha, who has a brother and a sister, learned about Mary’s Meals through her grandparents, who volunteer for the charity. They feed 793,000 children in 16 countries every school day.