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Goodwill Donation on way to Gambia


A MASSIVE container filled with goods is on its way to Africa thanks to generous pupils keen to forge international links.

Higham Lane School has partnered with Bansang School in The Gambia as part of a global initiative which helps others less fortunate.

Members of the Shanklin Drive-based school's Students Voice group were keen to explore ways of supporting the secondary school which has very little money for equipment.

After deciding to set about fundraising, they amassed the £2,600 needed to send a 20ft shipping container over, packed with items.

Students and parents supported the effort and local businesses also chipped in with the heavy load which is packed to the rafters and being dispatched today.

Goods on board include school furniture and equipment, clothing, shoes, bicycles and even a small church organ!

A total of 14 Year 10 Higham Lane students will have the chance to see the benefit these items bring first hand when they visit Bansang for two weeks of liaison, learning, teaching and maintenance work to improve the school buildings in April.

Headteacher Phil Kelly said: "We are so grateful to the pupils, staff, parents and local companies and organisations for their excellent support for this important project.

"I'd particularly like to thank Gareth Davies, the project co-ordinator, for his commitment and imagination.

"The link with The Gambia that Gareth has brought to Higham Lane is really developing the international understanding of our pupils and we are so excited to have Bansang as a partner school.

"The summer's trip by pupils and staff will further cement the growing relationship between our two schools."

Local businesses backing the project consisted of A R Cartwright's Builders and Developers, S J Sharp Removals, St Nicolas Church and Empire Soft Drinks and Refrigeration, as well as national companies such as MITIE, TNT, Bridgestone Tyres, Pritchard Stockbrokers and Sainsbury's.

Students, staff and parents worked hard collecting and delivering items for the container, with further support from Nuneaton Ladies Hockey Club, St Margaret's School in Stoke Golding and Croft School in Nuneaton.

Goodwill Donation on way to Gambia

02 June 2012