World Porridge Day press release: Alexander back’s Mary’s Meals with World Porridge Day Breakfast



Highland MP Danny Alexander was treated to a bowl of the world’s finest porridge this morning (Thurs 10th Oct), made by renowned porridge maker Anna Louise Batchelor, The Porridge Lady.

Mr Alexander enjoyed his breakfast in HM Treasury in support of the Golden Spurtle’s World Porridge Day (based in Carrbridge) and international charity Mary’s Meals.

Mr Alexander said: “It’s great to have the chance to take part in World Porridge Day to help raise awareness of Mary’s Meals which provides a life-changing meal of porridge to over 600,000 children in Malawi every school day. Congratulations also go to the Golden Spurtle team, from Carrbridge, who established World Porridge Day and the World Porridge Making Championship.

“Mary’s Meals is a fantastic organisation that sets up school feeding projects to help children gain an education in some of the world’s poorest communities.

“I would also like to thank Anna Louise,who travelled all the way from Reading to make me my breakfast this morning. It was delicious!”

Anna Louise Batchelor, The Porridge Lady said: “Thanks to Danny for being such a good sport.

“For the past six years I have been a competitor at the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships in Carrbridge. There is a lot you can do with porridge, and it is also very good as part of a healthy diet.

“World Porridge Day is aimed at raising awareness of Mary’s Meals which provides a daily meal to hungry children so they are attracted to the classroom where they can get an education.”

Scottish-based Mary’s Meals provides a meal to over 792,000 children in 16 different countries every school day. In Malawi, the charity’s biggest school feeding project, each child is given a daily serving of likuni phala – a nutritious, vitamin-enriched maize porridge served in plastic mugs.

Daniel Adams, Head of Fundraising at Mary’s Meals, said: “We’d like to thank Danny Alexander for wholeheartedly supporting World Porridge Day and we trust he enjoyed his ‘oat cuisine’ prepared by expert porridge-maker Anna Louise Batchelor.

“For Mr Alexander and many people across the UK, porridge is a hearty and delicious breakfast – but, for the 620,000 children Mary’s Meals feeds in Malawi, it’s a powerful incentive to go to school and for many of these children, it’s the only nutritious meal they’ll have that day.

“The daily mugfuls of vitamin-enriched ‘likuni phala’ porridge we serve in Africa are truly life-changing. It draws impoverished children into the classroom, who would otherwise be out working or begging just to survive. And the education they receive provides them with the best chance of escaping poverty.

“When you consider that Mary’s Meals can feed a hungry child for a whole school year for just £10.70, you realise how much good our supporters are doing with their World Porridge Day fundraising breakfasts today.”

Margarete Paschke of the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship said: “We are delighted through our highly successful 20th Golden Spurtle World Porridge Championships in Carrbridge to continue to support Mary’s Meals with World Porridge Day. Using the popularity of porridge, we hope to raise funds to feed some of the world’s poorest children.”

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