A school kitchen being built in Malawi is to be named in honour of a nine-year-old blogger who has raised £85,000 for charity.
Martha Payne started the NeverSeconds blog six weeks ago, posting daily pictures of, and opinions about, her school lunches.
The blog has received 6m views and won the support of celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Nick Nairn.
On Friday Martha was told by Argyll and Bute council to stop taking photos for her blog as media coverage had apparently left catering staff fearing for their jobs. But the council reversed its decision after a barrage of negative publicity in the media and on social networking sites.
The ban led to thousands of donations flooding in to Martha’s JustGiving site, which she had set up to raise money for Mary’s Meals. The charity runs school feeding projects in communities around the world where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.
Martha’s fundraising total rocketed from £3,000 to almost £85,000 in just four days. It means a kitchen will be built at Lirangwe primary school in Blantyre, Malawi, and all 1,963 of the pupils will be fed for a whole year, as part of the charity’s Sponsor a School initiative.
Martha has chosen to name the kitchen Friends of NeverSeconds, in recognition of the worldwide support she has received — via redwolf.newsvine.com