How much does £60 get you these days? More than you might think. For that is the amount Ruth Walmsley sent to Conakry Refugee School in Guinea “to keep the school open for a month”. Back in 2004 Ms Walmsley’s daughter Tanya was travelling in West Africa and ended up helping out at the school which was full of refugees from civil wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The school was struggling to pay its bills so Ms Walmsley sent over £60. Friends then gave £60 to keep the school open for another two months and soon after the Friends of Conakry Refugee School became a registered charity raising funds for the school. The charity has been so successful it has not just kept the school open but thanks to a free school meals programme it has helped boost pupil numbers at the school from around 300 to the 500 mark. In recognition of her sterling work, Mrs Walmsley was recently awarded an MBE for services to children in Conakry. The honour came as a surprise to the 73 year old, “I was completely flabbergasted… I just thought I was doing what needed to be done and just putting my energies into something that I thought was very important.” A lesson for us all.