New Charity Children’s book about Pepperpot

Sedbergh School pupil Anna Walkden has illustrated a new charity children’s book about the local landmark ‘Pepperpot’. The book has been written as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Yorkshire Dales National Park Sustainability Fund supported project to rebuild Pepperpot. The story weaves together different versions of the story told in folk lore from a cow getting stuck in the building the 1950’s to its use as an isolation house for the daughter of a local landowner who contracted tuberculosis.


During her time at Sedbergh School Anna has been involved with fundraising for Medic Malawi to sponsor Linly Symon, a young woman undertaking a Public Health degree at Livingstonia University. Anna is in regular contact with Linly and felt it would be appropriate to use the book to raise money for Linly’s education.

The story book is available from the school shop for a suggested donation of £5 or can be ordered online at The website also has the option to give a larger donation to the charity for those who chose to.


Medic Malawi

Medic Malawi is a small charity who fund a hospital in Mtunthama, a clinic for feeding the malnourished and an orphanage for 70 children.

  • Every penny raised goes to Malawi – there are no UK administration costs or salaries.
  • Medic Malawi seek to involve supporters and volunteers in the actions of the charity, experiencing Africa for themselves and sharing time with the people in Mtunthama.
  • It is focused on one district, which offers continuity, regular contact and transparency.
  • The foundations of their work are deep: this is a project which has gradually been built with the local community. The community of Mtunthama are involved at every stage – there is constant self-help. There is real progress and achievement.

Katy de la Rivière