Underwear, babygros and toys will be flown out to an orphanage in Africa this summer after an appeal by two members of staff. Science technician Heidi Golby and Head of Art, Pippa Smith have appealed for donations of new, packaged underwear, baby clothes and small toys, such as skipping ropes, that will be donated to the Sandra Jones Centre in Bulawayo.
The orphanage looks after babies and mainly young girls, many of whom have been orphaned, abandoned and abused. The centre has helped over 900 children since it was set up around 10 years ago. Today it cares for around 70 girls and a handful of boys aged from birth to 16.
Miss Golby said: ‘It is mainly a girls’ orphanage and they are appealing for pants, babygros, skipping ropes, footballs and small things like hair grips. My friend and niece are going out there to volunteer for a month in August so they will take the donated items with them. We are asking for donations of girls’ pants from the age of 2 upwards. I was born and bred in Bulawayo and my friend’s brother is associated with the centre. It is the first time that we, at Brooke Weston, have done any sort of fund-raising for the orphanage and the response has been really good.
‘Two high street stores each gave us 20 per cent off so we have bought 70 pairs of pants and we are also taking other things like colouring pens and toothbrushes over, althought we are not collecting any more of those. If people would like to contribute pants or small toys then please can you let Mrs Smith or I have them before the end of this term. If you don't want to buy a gift, but still want to make a difference then you can hand money in to the Finance Office and that will be used to buy goodies out there. Thank you to everyone who has made a contribution; your donations will make a real difference.’