Village resident to ride from Lands End to John O’Groats for charity

Tom Merrett charity cycle ride

While I have been a trustee of The Mango Tree Charity for over 10 years and helped young people raise thousands and thousands of pounds, I have never undertaken a sponsored event myself, and, I am not a cyclist! However, my ex-pupils always proved time and again that nothing is impossible so I have taken the plunge.

I have set-up my own website for the cycle ride at and I can also be found on Facebook, where I’ll be updating my progress.

If you would like to make a donation towards my ride you can do so by going to my Just Giving donation page.

Thank you for your support!

Nic Merrett

The Mango Tree charity focuses its support for the 8644 registered orphans in Kenya and Tanzania. At its peak, there were over 13500 but communities are gaining strength and resilience now the peak of HIV/AIDS has passed so the charity is performing exactly as we had hoped – it seeing strengthening communities take up responsibility for their orphans.

Mango Tree is not an orphanage, but a Community Based Organisation with the slogan “Empowering orphans through Communities” . It is our greatest delight to see alumni from Mango Tree fund raise themselves in Kenya and Tanzania and also give practical support to younger orphans now that they are self reliant. Mango Tree rejects completely the philosophy of hand out from the rich West come what may!

John Humphrys – BBC Radio4 presenter said of Mango Tree,

“…It is a model of how a good charity should be run. It inspired me to set up my own small charity. If only there were more like it the world would be a better place…”


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