Donating tools will help poor African tradesmen survive

A Linslade accountant is appealing to readers of the LBO to donate any tools they no longer need so that people in Africa can learn a trade.

Bill Duperouzel, who recently became a trustee of charity Workaid after spending years as its CEO, is encouraging people to donate tools to the project.

He said: “Tools which would be wasted in a tip, can instead be used to give a ray of life to those who have so little. People here can make a difference by thinking of those who can use their old tools to earn a living.”

Workaid are seeking a huge variety of tools and equipment - these include any kind of carpentry or horticultural tools, sewing and knitting machines, typewriters, bicycles, even wool and haberdashery.

Bill recently visited 20 workaid projects in Uganda and was inspired to see how the donated equipment had been used to transform lives.

He said: “I saw how grateful the people were to be given these tools, from which they could have hope and the opportunity to learn a skill. It was very moving and humbling to see.”

Tools and equipment can be left with Jewsons in Leighton Road, Leighton Buzzard. For more information visit