A Wider Vision

Citystay believes that part of providing an excellent service is possessing a wider vision. Citystay feel it is important to help make a difference, not only to those visitors to our luxury serviced apartments in Cambridge but also by helping house orphans in Africa and in particular, Malawi.

Citystay are therefore proud to be associated with the Aquaid Lifeline Fund which achieves marvelous things in Malawi, changing people’s lives for the better.

Citystay ensures that every time someone stays in our Cambridge Serviced Apartments, the amount donated is enough to house, feed, clothe and educate an orphan for at least one month! (Source: Lifeline fund Co-ordinator April 2008).

In 2015, 2016 and 2017, the money donated from Citystay to the Aquaid Lifeline Fund continued to provide care and education for over 120 orphans each year in the Khombwe Children’s Centre. To date we have donated over £125,000 and would like to extend a big thank you to our customers for their continued support.

For more information, please visit the Lifeline Fund website.

Lifeline Fund Cambridge

Currently, (August 2020) the Lifeline Fund are collecting items to fill a large container to take for the 3000+ under the care of the Lifeline Fund.

They are looking for donations to help fill the container. If you would be interested in helping to fill this, please contact Josie Charter on either 07827 296275 or on josiecharter@hotmail.com. Please see the list of items that the Lifeline Fund are looking for.

Sewing machines – manual or electric

Laptops (will be wiped)

Tailors dummy

Knitting machines and wool

Children’s and adults clothes aged 3-25 years.

Tools – carpentry, metalwork, motor mechanics – all for our student’s vocational training courses (large items also accepted)

Warm Blankets

Bed sheets

Sleeping bags

Shoes suitable for school

Sports equipment


Football kits

Football boots

Educational teaching aids inc any for visually and learning impaired children

Exercise books

Calculators – scientific kind for secondary school


Craft items for schools, paint, paper etc

Musical instruments


Bicycles suitable for 12 years and above

Rotavator, poly tunnel, gardening tools

Mobile phones & chargers


Rolls of fabric suitable for making into clothes

A message from John R. Searle – Coordinator Aquaid Lifeline Fund

“Aquaid Lifeline Fund is a Cambridge based charity with a focus on the country of Malawi, which is one of the world’s poorest countries. The work of Aquaid Lifeline is mainly concerned with the care and education of orphaned and needy children. It is a shocking fact a Malawian woman lives with a 1 in 7 chance of dying in childbirth, which leaves a large number of orphan infants with relatives who often cannot feed themselves and their own families. Aquaid Lifeline operates an infant rescue programme, so that support begins for some of our 3000+ dependents virtually at birth.

Since the charity was founded in 1999, we have built an orphan village at Namisu, built 2 schools, both of which are the top schools in their zone; we have also built and staffed 2 clinics, and 9 daycare centres, with an average of 120 orphans at each. Each daycare centre benefits from its own clean water supply, its own agricultural projects, and in some cases a simple solar powered irrigation system for the year-round growth of vegetables. In addition, facilities have been provided for the manufacture of clothes at each centre, so that the emphasis is on self-sufficiency. Staff include a trained qualified teacher, an administrator, cooks, cleaners, security guards and assistant teachers. Regular healthcare visits are made by our experienced pediatric nurse.

Due to the importance we place on self-sufficiency, we are able to care comprehensively for a daycare orphan for a cost of just £6 per month. None of the contributions which are made to Aquaid Lifeline Fund are used for administration. All the coordinator’s expenses are privately paid for by family members, so that every penny goes directly to the point of need.

We are deeply grateful to Citystay of Cambridge for their kind support of Aquaid Lifeline Fund. Every time one of their fine apartments are occupied at least one desperately needy orphan can be fed, clothed and cared for in a loving environment for at least an entire month.

I would like to offer warm heartfelt thanks to each person who has chosen to stay in a Citystay apartment and thank you, Citystay, for your generosity!”

If you would like more information on the Aquaid Lifeline Fund please see contact details below:-
+44(0)1223 276710 | http://lifelinefund.org.uk/