Equipment and furnishings from demolition-set Hartlepool school sent to Kenya

Barnard Grove Primary School in Hartlepool is donating its old furniture to the Footprints Academy in Kenya.
Barnard Grove Primary School in Hartlepool is donating its old furniture to the Footprints Academy in Kenya.

Equipment and furniture from a soon-to-be demolished Hartlepool school is set to be sent 4,000 miles across the globe to help children from a Third World school.

Staff and pupils from the town’s Barnard Grove Primary School – who are moving to a new school site in the coming weeks – offered up its old tables and chairs and other educational items to a Kenyan school and orphanage called Footprints.

The arrangement came about following a visit to the orphanage by Hilary Timothy, a parent support advisor at Barnard Grove, who wanted to help the children of Footprints.

But the sticking point was how to transport the goods out to the Shimba Hills of Africa, and Kevin Curtis, a trustee of the orphanage, appealed for companies or organisations to help.

He has now contacted the Mail to share the good news that a plan has been hatched for removal of the equipment.

Kevin said: “I am pleased to let you know I intend to come to Barnard Groves on July 16 with three large box vans kindly donated by various companies to assist us in the collection and removal of the excess furniture and educational equipment. For example - Drayton Manor Park in Warwickshire is providing its tail lift box van plus a driver and another member of staff.

“We will be removing the items and initially warehousing them in the former Derby Evening Telegraph press hall in the centre of Derby.

“From there the items will be prepared for shipping, being placed in a 40ft shipping container. In due course the container will be shipped to Mombasa and from there onto Footprints. The containerisation and forward shipping is being done in co-ordination with the National Police Federation Aid Convoys which has shipped aid to countries across Europe and also into Africa. We are so grateful to Barnard Grove Primary School in Hartlepool.”

He added: “Footprints is in the process of planning to build four more classrooms to expand facilities and enable us to provide an education to more children.”