Gambia Project boosted by £1,000 tool donation from Integrated Services

5 July 2014

The life-saving work of a charity in Gambia has been boosted, thanks to a tool donation worth £1,000 from supply chain solution specialists, Integrated Services, part of Wolseley UK.

Walsall-based charity, WYCE (Wonder Years centre of Excellence), together with Walsall Housing Group (whg), sent two apprentices out to the village of Madina Salaam in the Gambia for a week where they helped build a wall around the local primary school. This was to protect children from stagnant water in the surrounding area which can spread malaria. They also gave practical advice on how the school can become more sustainable through energy conservation projects.

Integrated Services’ donation included crucial equipment such as gloves, paintbrushes, hacksaws and facemasks. It meant that work on the project could begin straight away and IS, who has worked in partnership with whg for six years, was pleased to support the initiative.

Jane Preece, Director of Organisational Development at whg, said: “Wolseley UK is a key partner for whg and the tools donated by Integrated Services, alongside the help our apprentices and representatives from WYCE were able to offer to people in the community, will undoubtedly make a lasting difference.”

Andrew Harnick, Regional Trading Manager North at Integrated Services, said: “whg has been a client of ours since March 2008 and we have supported a number of their charitable activities in the past. When we heard about the project they were working on with WYCE, we wanted to show our support. It also sounded like a great way for two people to make a difference to those in need, as well as pick up some vital skills along the way.”