So many willing to give to charity

SIR - May I, through your newspaper, thank the following people who have made it possible to send yet another shipment of clothes out to The Gambia?

Thirty-seven boxes of clothes are en route by ship to The Gambia thanks to family and friends, work colleagues and students at Broomhayes School, Bideford, Abbotsham Baptist Chapel, Torrington Police staff and Torrington Community Church.

Broomhayes student Lauren worked hard helping to unload all the boxes at the shipping agent.

Special thanks to “Smurfitt Kappa” of Barnstaple who kindly donated all of the packaging. Thank you to all those who donated items and who helped to pay the shipping costs.

I am in the process of starting a small charity called Goal4Gambia. The aim of the charity is to alleviate poverty and to improve the quality of life for people living in Africa, through education, vocational and business opportunities, sport and medical aid. The idea is really to help thjem to help themselves rather than just give aid.

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So far, with the help of others,we have been able to organise for Omar, who is 20 years old, to do a computer course for which he was awarded a distinction. He is now studying for a diploma.

We have also been able to provide medical aid for someone with asthma and to enable two small boys to start school.

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One young lady has been able to start work as a hairdresser. By selling some of the clothes that we sent in the first shipment, she has been able to buy chairs and a mirror, have shelving and electricity put in to a small shop.

We rented the shop for her for the first three months and sent out hair dryers. The aim is for her to be able to earn a living to provide for herself and her family.

Northam Lions very kindly donated football kit that went out in the first shipment. This went to Bussumbala village and was received with great enthusiasm. If any other local football clubs have kit that they are able to donate, they cn contact me on 07828758360.

The Gambia used to be a British colony. The people of Gambia love football and they all seem to support English clubs.

It is very heartening in this age of austerity that we are experiencing, the people of Torridge and North Devon have been willing to help less fortunate people in a far-off land. Thank you so much.

Linda Hellyer,


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