History of the first UK branch of the Grandmothers' Campaign

After reading an article in "The Guardian" newspaper in May 2010 on the Grandmothers' Gathering in Swaziland, a Guildford-based grandmother contacted the Stephen Lewis Foundation to enquire whether any similar grandmothers' groups existed in England.

When it transpired that there were none, she invited several grandmother friends to a coffee morning and in January 2011 they launched the Guildford and Godalming Grandmothers' Group, or the 4Gs, which is the first UK branch of the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers' Campaign.

The group held its first fund-raising stall at the local Godalming fete in June of that year and has subsequently organised a range of different fundraising activities. All funds raised help finance projects supporting grandmothers and their orphaned grandchildren in Africa.

We also visit other local groups to give presentations to raise awareness of the plight of African grandmothers.

Despite the geographical distance, the group feels to be very much a part of the Canadian grandmothers' movement and has forged close links with some of the Canadian groups through email contacts and personal visits from Canadian grandmothers visiting their relatives in the UK.