South Yorkshire schools donate thousands of gifts to Africa

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SCHOOLS in South Yorkshire schools have donated hundreds of thousands of books, clothes, shoes and toys to children in The Gambia which have been shipped to Africa.

Les Hince, chairman of the Bramley and Wickersley branch of Lions International, a charity supporting communities across the world, loaded a 40ft container full of the gifts outside his pub in Wickersley in just two hours.

Les, manager of the Three Horseshoes pub in Rotherham, said: “We have been donating shoes and other essentials to schools in The Gambia for several years now.

“We are working closely with the education minister of education in The Gambia who has selected three of the 13 schools which will benefit from the shipment.”

The container is set to arrive in The Gambia on January 21, when Les and other volunteers, who also helped to load the container, will distribute the gifts to the schools.

Schools from across the region collected and donated 200,000 books, 150,000 shoes and hundreds of thousands of toys and clothes as gifts for the African children.

One generous benefactor also donated a Jeep to be sent to the schools.