Mary Martin has sponsored children with World Vision for 32 years.
"I hadn’t realised that I have been a sponsor for 32 years. When I stepped into your offices in Queen Victoria Street all those years ago, I had no idea what a wonderful charity I was signing up with. My first sponsored child lived in Brazil and Justin [Justin Byworth our former CEO] worked out he must be about 37 now. I have kept all the photos and letters from all the children I’ve sponsored and I often wonder how each child has got on in the world. As I never married and haven’t had children of my own, it’s been a blessing knowing that I have helped in some way to improve the lives of children a long way away and I have great admiration for those who work with the children and their communities, and for all those connected with the running of the charity.
We must all continue to do our bit to ease the suffering of children in whichever part of the world they live and that is why I will always be a sponsor and support World Vision - even when I’m gone."