Importantly for Tanya the charity is not just about giving money but about rolling up sleeves and getting stuck in alongside the local community to improve facilities and environments.
In 2007 Tanya took all the Tamar staff to Cape Town for a ground-breaking 10-day project to build classrooms in a township school. In 2008 the Tamar team improved IT & learning facilities in a home for handicapped children in Shanghai, China. In 2009 TLC came home to the UK and built an outdoor learning area for a school for the deaf in Balham, London.
In 2012 TLC worked in St Christopher’s Hospice clearing up the garden for patients and families in Sydenham, London.
Dame Cicely Saunders founded St Christopher’s Hospice in 1967 as the first hospice linking expert pain and symptom control, compassionate care, teaching and clinical research. It promotes and provides skilled and compassionate palliative care to a diverse population of 1.5 million people in the London.
Oak Lodge is a special school maintained by Wandsworth Council Education Department for deaf boys and girls between 11 and 19 years of age. The school has around 80 pupils, of all backgrounds and abilities, many of whom find themselves in the UK through extraordinary circumstances and many of whom don’t speak English as their first language.
Yue Miao is led and managed by Mr Woo who started the home to care for young people with mental illness and physical disabilities. The ground floor is predominantly classrooms and dining with the second and third floor mainly bedrooms for the children and staff.
Tregonhawke is part of a three mile stretch of sand known as Whitsand Bay, considered by many to be East Cornwall’s finest beach. During the project Tamar worked with The Conservation Volunteers to do a large litter pick up of the beach.
Vuyani is in the middle of Guguletu, one of the biggest townships in Cape Town. The school was built in 1961 and teaches 750 children aged between 5 and 11. Despite the surrounding poverty, the school copes remarkably well with the lack of funds.