Swaffham residents urged to give their tools to help people in need

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Residents in the Swaffham area are being encouraged to sort through their sheds and donate unwanted tools to help people in Third World countries to make a better living.

Officials from the Downham Market Tools Refurbishing Group are having a collection point in the town this weekend.

The group refurbishes old craftsmen’s equipment for the charity Tools for Self Reliance, which works to provide tools and training in several African countries.

The charity currently works in Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Group spokesman John Miles said: “We are hoping that people in the Swaffham area will sort through their sheds and garages for any hand tools and craftsmen’s tools which are no longer needed, but could help people in a Third World country to earn a living.

“We also need old sewing machines, particular Singer round bobbin ones, and associated haberdashery including one to three metre lengths of material, all cottons, including embroidery silks, elastic and scissors.”

Anyone who is able to help is asked to bring items to the Swaffham Antiques Emporium in the Market Place between 9am and 1pm this Saturday, October 3.

For more information, contact Mr Miles on 01366 385772 or Michael Bowden on 01485 541750.