Westcott Primary School pupils help load up container bound for Ghana
ABOUT 100 east Hull schoolchildren have helped load up a container full goods to help poverty-stricken youngsters in Africa.
Teaching assistant Anne Augustyns, 57, is sending a final container of items to help a struggling school in Ghana.
Mrs Augustyns has spent the past three years raising money to send toys, books and stationery to the Holy Child State School.
Youngsters from Westcott Primary School, where she works, helped load the 40ft container at the Courtney Street Unit Complex, off Mount Pleasant.
It is now on its way to Ghana and Mrs Augustyns will head out to the country later in the month.
She said: "The generosity has been unbelievable. People have donated computers, books, toys, furniture and clothes.
"It was great to have the children come down and they were a great help.
"We also had a team of people originally from Ghana help out.
"This really is helping the staff and pupils of the Holy Child School in Accra."
Mrs Augustyns will head to Ghana be help unload the container when it arrives later this month.
She will be accompanied by David Best, of homeless charity Doorstep, who wants to see how homelessness is tackled over there.
This is the third container Mrs Augustyns has sent and it will be her last.
She said: "I have done this for a few years now and it has been fantastic.
"I think it's time to have a break now but my friend Gabriel, who is from Ghana, will carry on and take over.
"I will continue to work with the children at Westcott to maintain ties with Ghana and I will keep in touch with my many friends out there."
Children at Westcott Primary donated a large number of items.
Headteacher Carol Marshall is enthusiastic about the school's involvement.
She said: "Anne gave an assembly recently on her work in Ghana and the children were buzzing about it.
"We sent a letter out to parents asking them to donate items for the container and the response was fantastic.
"The children loved helping load up the container and were very excited.
"We are also putting a scrapbook together with each class to send out to the school in Ghana and hopefully they will send one back."
The headteacher from Holy Child School will also visit towards the end of September.