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Give the Best Away The story of one of Britain's most generous philanthropists Rosemary Lancaster, Murray Watts

18 May 2018
256 pages: 130 x 198 mm
Monarch Books
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Born into a poor family in Clitheroe, Rosemary Lancaster was destined for something beyond her wildest dreams. Her husband John had no qualifications but was an extraordinary inventor. He cornered the market in conservatory roofing systems and his company became a world leader. Both committed Christians, the pair suddenly became multimillionaires. Starting with their employees, they committed to giving large portions of their money away. Through the Lancaster Foundation they purchased planes for Mission Aviation Fellowship, and started the first village for destitute AIDS victims in South Africa. They did not give and walk away: Rose found herself rescuing children from the rubbish tips of Kenya. Recognised as two of Britain’s most generous philanthropists, John and Rose’s story will amaze and inspire you.
Murray Watts is an experienced writer for stage, radio, television, film and animation. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including the novel, Miracle Maker, and was scriptwriter for the highly acclaimed film of the same name.
“What an incredible story – and beautifully written. I was in tears after the first few pages! Rose has changed the lives of so many through her generosity of heart and the amazing stewardship of what the Lord has provided.”|“In the Bible God told Abraham: ‘I will bless you… and you will be a blessing.’ That’s what God did for the Lancaster family. The story of how He took them from the bottom to the top and is using them to bring healing to a broken world is a real page-turner and faith builder.”|“Ray and I first met John and Rose thirty-five years ago when they were living in a caravan with their young family, but even with very little themselves, they were generous to us and have continued to be so to this day. They are incredible people and amazing friends.”|“John and Rose’s willingness to invest, specifically the three aircraft they enabled MAF to purchase, has resulted in thousands of lives being transformed. Their heart for Africa has always been demonstrated through their practical visits of support.”|“Being friends with John and Rose, I have known something of their beautiful story. However, to see it all written down has been truly inspirational. I’m sure like me, you will be touched by their infectious virus of generosity.”|“This book is inspiring and portrays Rosemary’s compassionate heart and bravery, especially the story of going onto the dangerous rubbish dumps in Eldoret. With the incredible support of the Lancaster Foundation, Mary’s Meals is instrumental in getting hungry children to attend school by providing 22,000 school meals a day in Eldoret city.”|“Those close to Rosemary know that she is an unassuming gentle lady who shuns the limelight. To go public with her story is a remarkable act of courage. Rosemary puts into practice what she learnt from her mother, ‘to give the best bits away.’ This book tells the amazing story of lives changed because of doing just that.”

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