The team at People's Postcode Lottery got creative with their breakfasts recently to help some of the world's poorest children as part of a campaign by Mary's Meals.

This was to mark World Porridge Day on Wednesday 10th October. Members of the People's Postcode Lottery Charities team in Edinburgh made smiley faces on oat-filled bowls using a variety of toppings.

The team then posted pictures of their creations using the hashtag #PorridgeSmiles as part of the latest campaign by Mary's Meals to raise vital funds and awareness of its work.  

School-feeding charity Mary's Meals provides more than 1.3 million hungry children in 17 countries around the world with a daily meal in their place of education.  

For children receiving meals in Malawi, Zambia and Liberia, the simple mug of porridge they receive attracts them to school and provides the nourishment and energy needed to focus on their education.  

You can support the charity's campaign by hosting a Porridge Smiles party any time in October. MasterChef winner Gary Maclean has already teamed up with Mary's Meals by creating a 'porridge selfie' for the campaign.

Commenting on our support for the Porridge Smiles campaign, Callum Aitken, Programmes Adviser within the Charities team at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "Our players have given incredible support to Mary's Meals over the years and we are delighted to be part of this campaign on World Porridge Day which highlights how life-changing a simple meal can be for a hungry child."

Players of People's Postcode Lottery are a key supporter of Mary's Meals and a series of awards from its Postcode African Trust has so far allowed the charity to reach thousands of hungry children across Africa, in countries including Malawi, Liberia, Zambia and Kenya.

Kirsty White, Fundraising Manager at Mary's Meals, said it was great to see so many people getting behind the World Porridge Day celebrations.  

"Creating Porridge Smiles is a great way to support the work of Mary's Meals, while bringing people together to make a real difference in the lives of hungry children and allowing them to reach their full potential."

Mary's Meals' Porridge Smiles campaign is being supported by official porridge partner Stoats.

Tony Fullerton from Stoats said, "Oats are at the heart of everything we do, so it's the perfect fit for us to support Mary's Meals as they provide vitamin enriched maize porridge to hungry children every school day.

"By sharing #PorridgeSmiles with your friends, family and colleagues and donating to Mary's Meals, you can help make hungry children smile."

Find out more about hosting a Porridge Smiles party this October.

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Members of People's Postcode Lottery's Charities team helped celebrate World Porridge Day with Mary's Meals