Fair adds to char­ity ap­peal

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

MORE than £1,000 was raised for a nurs­ery school in the Gam­bia on Satur­day (Oc­to­ber 31).

The Ger­rards Cross Methodist church hall held their an­nual Christ­mas Craft Fair, where a range of fes­tive items were sold.

For more than 20 years Chris­tine and John Billing­ham have been sup­ported by friends and mem­bers of the church in or­gan­is­ing the event.

The money has gone to build a nurs­ery school in the vil­lage of Kunku­jang and lat­terly to pay the salaries of the five teach­ers and head­mas­ter.

Just over 200 chil­dren be­tween the ages of three and six years of age go to the school in a coun­try which has no state ed­u­ca­tion for those un­der seven. Mr Billing­ham said: “The ben­e­fits of this early learn­ing can­not be overem­pha­sised. Other sup­port­ers, see­ing the school was a suc­cess, pro­vided a bole hole so that clean wa­ter was avail­able.

“An­other man buys the ex­er­cise books and other class­room ma­te­ri­als for the whole year and stocks the first aid cup­board.”

Or­gan­is­ers stress how­ever funds are al­ways needed to help ed­u­cate the kids.

John and Chris­tine Billing­ham or­gan­is­ers

of the Christ­mas Fair

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