Downham Market group collects the tools for success

Downham Tools Refurbishing Group'Group members, from left, Jennifer Watts, Ronald Watts, Michael Bowden, Lorna Bowden and John Miles with some of the donated items ANL-150610-114850001
Downham Tools Refurbishing Group'Group members, from left, Jennifer Watts, Ronald Watts, Michael Bowden, Lorna Bowden and John Miles with some of the donated items ANL-150610-114850001
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Volunteers from the Downham Tools Refurbishing Group went to Swaffham on Saturday to hold a collection day.

The group, which works with the charity Tools for Self Reliance to send equipment to communities in Africa, staged the event at the town’s Antiques Emporium.

Group spokesman John Miles said they received a number of donations during the day and made vital network contacts for the future.

“It went as well as could be expected”, he said.

“We will take almost anything because we can pass items we can’t use onto other charities.” The stall was soon full of saws, wood planes and hammers, while at least one important donation was a sewing machine.

Even one machine enables an individual to earn a living making clothes and Mr Miles said: “We prefer Singer Round Robin machines.”

The group also collect haberdashery which can them become part of the sewing machine’s kit.

Every suitable donated item is fully repaired and renewed before being sent out to Africa. Tools for Self-Reliance was set up as a charity in 1980 and now sends tools worth nearly a £1 million to African every year.

The group, which is also seeking more volunteers to join its ranks, also operates a collection service.

To donate, or join, phone Mr Miles on 01366 385772 or Michael Bowden on 01485 541780.