Nine year-old Martha Payne, now a famous food blogger who has received over 1 million hits on her page, first came to people’s attention when celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, tweeted about her on his Twitter account, calling Payne’s blog “inspirational.” The schoolgirl’s blogging achievement then sparked her involvement in charity work for the less fortunate children in Africa.
The success of Martha’s blog prompted the creation of her book, ‘NeverSeconds: The Incredible Story of Martha Payne,’ with the proceeds going to the charity, Mary’s Meals. The organisation funds the building of kitchens in Malawi helping the poorer villagers who reside there acquire food and sustenance from the aid. Constructing these kitchens for the underprivileged children gives them a place where they can have a proper meal.
The success that Martha has achieved in the past 5 months surpasses the success Jamie Oliver achieved in over 3 years. Oliver has since rewarded Payne’s accomplishment by sending her a signed copy of his book, ‘Jamie’s Great Britain,’ in which he wrote for the schoolgirl to “keep up the good work.”