The Proclaimers back new Liberia charity campaign

The Proclaimers have announced their support for a new charity campaign, Double The Love.

The Proclaimers have announced their support for a new charity campaign, Double The Love.
The Proclaimers have announced their support for a new charity campaign, Double The Love.

It has been launched by Mary's Meals, which sets up school feeding programmes in some of the world's poorest communities.

The UK Government has said it will match public donations to the cause, up to £2 million, until January 31.

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It is hoped more than 43,000 hungry children in Bong County, Liberia, will be helped with a life-changing meal at school from the charity.

The nutritious food, prepared by local communities, attracts children into the classroom and gives them the energy to learn.

The Proclaimers - Craig and Charlie Reid - have been supporters of Mary's Meals for several years and took time out from writing their next album to help the charity with its launch.Craig said: "We think the work Mary's Meals does is fantastic.

"We've been following its incredible impact for years and we're now delighted to be able to support its campaign to feed more hungry children in Liberia."

Charlie said: "For the next few months people's donations will be doubled by the UK Government, meaning that supporters can double the impact of the pounds they're giving.

"This year has been tough for everyone in different ways but, in the same way that music brings people together, Double The Love offers a brilliant opportunity for us all to get behind Mary's Meals and show children in Liberia that we care."

Despite school closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic, children in Liberia have continued to have access to meals through Mary's Meals' distribution of food that can be prepared at home.

Mary's Meals helps feed more than 1.6 million hungry children in 19 of the poorest countries.

The charity has been working in Liberia since 1994 and already serves meals to more than 150,000 children across the country.

In Liberia, more than half of all children drop out of school before they finish their primary education.

The charity said a donation of £15.90 will feed a child for a whole school year, adding that £2 million would feed more than 125,000 children for a year.