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Financial group funds West African wells

By mbarber  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

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After years of managing wealth for clients, Lydia Oliver Bell, is delighted to be giving money away.

Lydia, a partner with St James Place, recently presented Eddie Martin, from West Moors, a cheque for £2,500 for his charity Myra's Wells which provides much needed fresh water in West Africa. Eddie, who is a client of Lydia's, started the charity himself in 2007 after his wife died in a car crash on her way to work.

Following a visit to Burkina Faso where he experienced the need for water first hand, he raised enough money to build a well as a lasting tribute to Myra. He has subsequently gone on to raise enough to build 40 more.

Lydia, who is based in Wimborne, explains that the £2,500 cheque was given by the St James Place Foundation, the charitable arm of St James Place, after she made them aware of Eddie and Myra's Wells.

"Over time I get to know my clients very well," Lydia says. "So when Eddie talked to me of his passion to raise money to build wells in West Africa I felt compelled to bring Myra's Wells to the attention of the foundation."

Eddie said: "Lydia has advised me and effectively managed my financial affairs since Myra died seven years ago and I was delighted when she mentioned she wanted to try to get some funds towards a well."

An 80 metre deep well costs approximately £5,000 to drill, so this £2,500 will go half way to build a well and will supply the needs of several thousand people!"

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