When local business woman Julie Peacock approached the Community Foundation to help with a local fundraising event in aid of the Gambia a few months ago the Community Foundation although a small charity themselves were delighted to help. With the concerns in the news over Ebola, maintaining and promoting the health of children and families in West Africa and helping them to help themselves is still as important as ever.
Julie and Mike Peacock of Pets Corner based in Cheadle Hulme, were so impressed by the work of British fundraisers on a visit earlier this year to the West African country that they decided to bring Stockport people together to assist in raising crucial finances.
Julie the driving force behind other Stockport events which have raised funds for causes such as Francis House hospice for children, told the County Community Foundation, " the warmth of the people in the Gambia is remarkable when they have so little. It's great for local people in Stockport to be able to assist the Brian and June Cox Foundation make a direct impact on the lives of children and families in Gambia. "
Julie and Mike from Bramhall, former sponsors of County were delighted to auction a Stockport County signed football and shirt at their event last week held in Hazel Grove.
The charity carries out practical projects and has helped provide nursery sponsored education for schools, supplying cement to render mud huts to keep out the rain, replaced grass rooves, and is building a clinic out in the bush.
Chairman of the Community Foundation, Ian Lees, said "We were delighted to support Mike and Julie's fundraising in the name of Stockport County. They raised enough funds on the night for a much needed ambulance and towards the new clinic. It's a very worthwhile cause and comes at a time when health concerns in West Africa are very much in the news."
Vice Chairman of the Foundation, Helen Foster-Grime, added, " The Pets Corner Team have also organised the kind donation of school uniforms for Gambian children from FR Monkhouses in Cheadle Hulme which were loaded up in the van last Sunday morning en route to the children in the Gambia. At Stockport County's Community Foundation we worked with 18,000 school children over the past year across Stockport, Tameside and Derbyshire and the enthusiasm of our County children to help others in need is always so striking. Well done to Our local businesses like FR Monkhouses and Pets Corner for stepping up. The Brian and June Cox Foundation have carried out many essential projects in the Gambia from providing clean water by sinking wells and installing stand- pipes to setting up a medical outpost in the bush. The building of the new health clinic is already underway and we wish them much success from all at Stockport County!"
If you would like more information on these and other projects please contact the Manager of the Stockport County Community Foundation, Dave Wardle at firstname.lastname@example.org