Lenzie to Grenada: pupils do charity work by the book

David Hanschell
David Hanschell

Children’s books from two East Dunbartonshire primary schools are set to be transported across the Caribbean thanks to the work of a Scottish charity.

The items from Lenzie Primary and Lenzie Moss Primary will form part of a shipment of books, furniture and other educational equipment gathered from across the west of Scotland by the Surplus Educational Supplies Foundation.

The charity was set up in 2004 with the aim of sending unwanted items from schools across Scotland to communities ravaged by poverty and natural disaster.

So far shipments of surplus materials have been sent to Grenada, Nicaragua, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The donation from the two local schools will be uplifted later this month and taken to the Renfrew depot of freight forwarding company Advantage Worldwide UK Ltd, before being transported to Ocean Terminal in Greenock for onward shipment across the Atlantic.

The charity’s founder, former teacher David Miles-Hanschell, said: “The items from the two East Dunbartonshire primary schools are going to St Michael’s RC Infant School and the Woburn Methodist School on the island of Grenada.

“This will have been another massive joint team effort from start to finish.”