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Loading goods for Hastings twin town in Sierra Leone (photo: Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link).

Twin town recovery mission

A forty-foot container crammed with equipment and materials for schools, the health centre and the local community will soon be on its way to Hastings’ twin town, Hastings, Sierra Leone. The news comes from Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link.

The equipment and materials donated by local health services and schools and purchased with funds raised by the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link were assembled and stored at local container storage company Hastings Self Storage in Bulverhythe Road. They were transported to London last week by local haulier ABC Transport ready for shipping to Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Richard Homewood, chair of the Friendship Link, said: “We are delighted with the response of the local community, who have helped us raise much needed funds – and with the schools and local health providers who have donated vital equipment and materials to aid the recovery of our Twin Town.

“Hastings, Sierra Leone, was hit hard by the Ebola outbreak and had two of the Ebola Treatment Centres on its doorstep. Our friends there are facing real challenges as they try to re-establish normal life, get the children back to school and support the numerous orphaned children within the community.

“We have been hard at work raising funds and collecting equipment and materials for the schools and the Health Centre. We have sent food aid, protective equipment and other goods during the crisis and this container of goods is the culmination of several months of hard fundraising work.

“We are also grateful for the assistance of the container storage company, Hastings Self Storage, and ABC Transport who have provided their services at reduced cost to help us get the goods on their way. This means that even more of the money raised will reach the Sierra Leone Hastings community, where it will do most good.

“Our fundraising efforts will continue as there is still an awful lot to do to help our Twin Town recover from the devastating impact of the Ebola outbreak. Our next event is the charity ball at Bannatynes on 31 October, where Liane Carroll and local band The Kytes will be performing free of charge so that we can raise even more money to help the community.”

Donations can be made online through the website or by cheque to Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link or HSLFL at HSLFL Treasurer, 33 Senlac Way, St Leonards-on-Sea TN37 7JG. HSLFL is supported by Hastings Borough Council.


Posted 15:36 Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 In: Campaigns

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