The Hamelt tea-room in Letham was transformed on Thursday when local woman Helen Henderson staged a novel fund-raiser.
Helen spends three months every year working at the New Dawn Children’s House in Pokhara, Nepal, which she helped build in 2008 and 2009.
It now has 11 children aged roughly between five and 13, although it is impossible to know exactly how old they are.
Helen first made a visit to Nepal in 2007 when she went trekking, and vowed she would return one day.
That day came two days after she celebrated her 60th birthday in 2007, and her graduation with a degree in food health and nutrition.
She said: “I used to own the Commercial Hotel in Forfar. I finished university at the age of 60 in 2007, got my degree and decided I needed to do something with my life. I had been to Nepal ten years early, trekking to raise funds for SCOPE and always promised I would go back. So I got my degree, was 60 in the July and two days after my birthday went to Nepal. I now spend three months a year there at the orphanage in Pokhara. I came back in January and am going back in August.”
During her visit to Nepal in 2007 she met local man Krishna when she was volunteering in three orphanages.
Helen and Krishna had a vision to build a small house for children and are now working hard, along with Krishna’s wife Bishnu, to transform the lives of the children.
Helen was delighted when Anna Palfreyman at the Hamelt tea-room agreed to donate all the takings on Thursday to help the children, with the sum of £227.56 being raised on the day.
She continued: “When I first met Krishna he was working at an orphanage which had between 30 and 40 children. It was too big. We felt we could do a better job and starting building the house on land given by Krishna’ father.
“We climbed mountains and crossed rivers to rescue children in danger and took them back to the house. The local police and clergyman would ask us to go and see children at risk. The children have no history as they don’t have any parents, but they all attend school and every one is in the top 10 in their class. They work really hard at their studies. They are brilliant.”