Old clothes are gold to Morley charity

Ashley Peatfield with the clothes mountain donated at St Peter's Church in Gildersome. (D564B441)
Ashley Peatfield with the clothes mountain donated at St Peter's Church in Gildersome. (D564B441)
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Piles of second-hand clothing filled St Peter’s Church in Gildersome to raise funds for impoverished people in Kenya.

The Morley-based Funzi and Bodo Trust organised the charity day, which raised £1,460 for two clinics it runs on the African island of Funzi.

Rosie Cowell and Tom Parker entertain. (D564G441)

Rosie Cowell and Tom Parker entertain. (D564G441)

The charity, which is run from St Andrew’s Avenue, Morley, provides medical care, education and helps locals start small business ventures in villages where people live in mud huts and lack basic access to clean water and sanitation.

The clothes are sold in Eastern Europe and Africa and a cut of the profits go to the charity.

The event also featured singing from Birchfield School, as well as homemade soups, tea and cake, served by members of St Peter’s. Ashley Peatfield, who founded the charity with wife Sara, said: “It exceeded all of our expectations. People really get behind us and want our work to continue.

“They also like the fact the money is getting out to where it is needed and not being spent on large salaries or overheads.”

Demand for the trust’s services has recently surged because the terrorism threat has been keeping tourists away – the main source of income for many people in the area.

“Most people are out of work and can’t afford medical care,” said Mr Peatfield. “People are coming from further and further away to access our services. Our medical bill has doubled. We are now seeing 50 or 60 patients in a day.”

Visit www.funzi.org.uk for more information.