Medical supplies leave Worksop to help those in Gambia

The filled conatiner that will be leaving the Oasis Community Centre and heading to Gambia
The filled conatiner that will be leaving the Oasis Community Centre and heading to Gambia
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A container full of equipment for schools and a new health centre is heading to Africa to help those in need.

For nearly a year the container has been at the Oasis Community Centre, off Longfellow Drive in Kilton, and on Thursday, October 29 it will start a month-long journey to get to Gambia.

Steve Williams is chairman of the centre and has been out to Africa three times.

He said: “It is great to know the container is full and ready to be shipped off.”

Inside is 29 old army beds and furniture which will be used to kit out the new health centre, that has been built with the support from the charity Friends of the Gambia Association, along with 500 bags of love - much like the shoe box appeal which contains small gifts for children.

Steve said: “This is a much needed project and I hope it will do a lot of good out there.

“The aim of filling the container was to engage people with the wider world and make connections. The work we are doing is only a drop in the ocean of what needs to be done, but the ocean is full of tiny drop that do make a difference.”

Project manager for the charity, Rob Isdale said: “We are really grateful to everyone who has got behind the project and it is brilliant to see the container filled.

“I have been going to Gambia for over 20 years and every time I out I can see how those’s people’s lives are improving thanks to the generosity from people back home.”