MBE for Former Sir John Deane’s Student
A Former Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College student has been awarded an MBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Amy Hathaway is the Founder and Project Director of the Forever Angels Baby Home in Mwanza, Tanzania and has received the MBE for services to providing interim and community care for abandoned and vulnerable infants.
Through a decade of selfless and dedicated hard work, she has created a home for abandoned and at-risk infants, which has not only saved lives but transformed the local community.
Amy, a former Winsford resident, studied English, Psychology and Biology at Sir John Deane’s in the mid 1990s and went on to study Education at the University of Durham.
In 2002, while working as an international teacher in Tanzania, she became aware of the huge challenges facing hospitals and social services in dealing with large numbers of motherless babies. She was so moved, she gave up her job to do what she could to help.
By 2006 she had enough support and funds to buy, renovate and staff an old hospital building.
The first child arrived at the Baby Home by the end of that year, and now, more than 10 years on, she has provided more than 350 orphans with a safe haven.
In addition to this, the charity now runs a pre-school, specialised facility for premature infants and operates a rapidly expanding outreach programme, which provides life-saving nutrition for orphan babies and supports their relatives to set up sustainable businesses.
“I am overwhelmed and delighted that this honour will put Forever Angels in the spotlight,” said Amy.
“Our work in Tanzania is incredible and only possible because of the passion and dedication of my amazing family, trustees, volunteers and staff. I am thankful to all of them for creating this with me.”