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Tools donations at Morrisons supermarket in Stamford are being sent to Africa through the Tools for Self Reliance charity

What do 15 sewing machines, two Black and Decker workbenches and dozens of boxes of spanners, screwdrivers, chisels and drills have in common?

The answer is that they will soon be on their way to help some of the poorest people in Africa.

The tools were donated by people who no longer needed them at a one-day collection by the Rotary Club of Stamford St Martin's, which took place at Morrisons supermarket in Stamford on Saturday (April 13).

Geoff Collet and Katy Harrison (8605198)
Geoff Collet and Katy Harrison (8605198)

The tools will now be cleaned, sharpened and sorted into different trades before being shipped off to help people learn and carry out skills such as carpentry, engineering and sewing.

Rotarian Geoff Collett, who helped to man the collection point with Katy Harrison, said: "It was a great success - an indescribably wonderful day which resulted in one-and-a-half truckloads of tools being collected.

"We took these to the charity 'Tools for Self-Reliance', which has a representative in Stamford who sorts and sharpens the tools before they are sent on to people who can use them to support themselves."

The idea is to provide longer term solutions for people as an alternative to short-term help such as food aid.

"It's basically recycling," said Geoff. "One of the main reasons people brought the tools was that they had become too elderly to use them, or they had belonged to a family member who had died.

"Rather than throw the tools away, people were kind enough to bring them along."

The tools collected (8605192)
The tools collected (8605192)

The Rotary Club of Stamford St Martin's next large event in support of its charities and the community is the Stamford Garden and Food Fair at The Meadows on Sunday May 12 from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free.

Business or organisation that would like to support this event, or donate raffle prizes, can get in touch by emailing stamfordgardenshow@hotmail.co.uk

In addition, people who missed the collection at Morrisons and have good quality tools that they no longer need can get in touch with Geoff on 01778 590309 to arrange to donate them.

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