NeverSeconds school dinners blogger Martha Payne in Malawi
- 30 September 2012
- From the section Glasgow & West Scotland
School dinners blogger Martha Payne has arrived in Malawi to see how the money she raised for charity is being spent.
The nine-year-old became an internet sensation after Argyll and Bute Council banned her from posting photos of her school meals on her NeverSeconds blog.
The ban was later overturned after a storm of protest.
Martha used her blog to raise funds for the charity Mary's Meals and donations reached £114,000. Some of the money is funding a school kitchen in Malawi.
The Lochgilphead Primary School pupil began publishing photographs of her lunches on her website earlier this year.
She gives each meal a 'food-o-meter' and health rating, and counts the number of mouthfuls it takes her to eat it.
Donations on her website soared when the controversial ban on her photographing her lunches was imposed by the council then quickly lifted after a worldwide response to the story.
After she raised more than £100,000 for Mary's Meals, the charity announced it would build a school kitchen in Malawi in her honour.
Mary's Meal is a Scottish charity which runs school feeding projects providing meals to children in Malawi and many other countries.
Lirangwe Primary School in Blantyre has received £21,000 towards the Friends of NeverSeconds kitchen which will provide almost 2,000 children with nutritious meals every day for a year.
Martha, and her family, have travelled to the country to see for themselves how her blog has changed the lives of others.
Writing on her blog before heading off, she said: "I have been talking to lots of people about going to Malawi. I'm talking a lot about it because I am excited about it.
"I can't wait to meet all the children. I have packed some footballs and wind up torches."
And the nine-year-old is still reviewing her lunches. She took photographs of her food on the flight to Blantyre and said she would be posting them to her blog.