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Katy Roberts on her Childe Aid Gambia stall
Katy Roberts on her Childe Aid Gambia stall
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Aylesbury High School student Katy Roberts, aged 17, ran a charity stall in aid of street children in the Gambia, at The Church in the Park run by Aylesbury Church Network on Bank Holiday Sunday, August 30.

Katy, now aged 17, set up Child Aid Gambia in 2011, with her father Chris, to help street children and children living in a shanty town. They go out to the Gambia for three weeks at a time to spend time helping desperately poor children who live and work on a rubbish tip and in many other horrific conditions.

Katy Roberts in the Gambia last year

Katy Roberts in the Gambia last year

Last year they installed a three-mile pipeline into an illegal shanty town which had no clean, safe drinking water, at a cost of £3,000. They also we took out old Bibles from Holy Trinity to distribute to Christians in the Gambia,.

The Church in the Park, in Aylesbury’s Vale Park, started with an open-air service of praise attended by hundreds of people from 16 local churches of different denominations.

More than 350 people listened to an address from guest speaker Kiran Paul, an evangelist from South India.

Katy, who attends Holy Trinity, Walton, said: “Our stall was very popular during the day. We had over 175 visitors, all interested in the work that we do in Gambia to help children out of poverty.”