On Sunday 5th September, a Greggs team comprising 11 cyclists and 4 runners took part in the Wolverhampton half marathon to raise funds for the Hilary Emery nursery school in Talinding.
The team managed to raise £3,200 (including gift aid) which was a fantastic achievement.
AoT directors James and Alan were later invited to the Greggs bakery to receive the cheque from Antonia Ermoyenous, Ian Bagnall and Steve Emery on behalf of all the Greggs participants and sponsors.
Alan & James receive the cheque from Antonia and Steve.
Helpers make up the Greggs 'goodie bags' for all the half marathon participants.
Steve helps to issue the bags.
Some of the Greggs team get ready for the off!
Ian Bagnall, Jane Salacinski and Steve take a well-earned break after their efforts!
We are delighted to report that the nursery school in Talinding opened on time in September, and is already proving a huge hit with children and teachers alike.
Under its new name of the Hilary Emery Nursery School, all three classrooms are open, albeit with more equipment and furniture to follow. The playground outside is an absolutely massive improvement on what was available to the children before, giving them somewhere safe to play and condusive to learn.
A huge thanks to everyone who helped with work on this project - more details on the supporters and the background of this project can he found on the main HENS page here.
Pictured is of course our own Kira Dalton with some of the children as the new school opened.
There's been plenty of progress to report over the last month on our newest project at Talinding.
The roof is already nearly done, the doors and windows are in, toilets are built and all of the classrooms have been plastered.
To find out why this project is so important to the children of Talingding, click here.
To make a donation and support this work, click here.
The trust team in The Gambia, led as ever by Kira Dalton, has embarked on another exciting project - this time building a completely new three-classroom nursery school and compound for children in Talinding.
The facility is badly needed; when Kira first visited the existing JTT Nursery School she found 134 children aged from 3 to 7 years crammed into a single room with no space for proper teaching or play activities.
Read the full report here, and please do stop to think whether you can make a donation to the project (our donation page, including online facilities, is here).
Every new project we undertake makes a world of difference to the lives of these young children, but we are only a small charity and every intervention depends on the goodwill and support of our individual and corporate donors. We are grateful to each and every one.
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