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Aid for The Gambia

by Peter Wells

Following the closure of the old Lord Harris Court, and relocation of residents to the new Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh Court the old equipment has now been provided to a hospital in Th Gambia.

A 40 foot container was loaded and dispatched from the old home, Lord Harris Court. The container was loaded by a number of Masons, Members of the Sovereign Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, a UK registered charity,
M/s Abigail Cranston, the Home Manager and Emmy one of her colleagues. We were ably assisted by WBro Andy Welsher of Sandhurst Lodge No 8505 who also provided one of his forklift trucks from his company Welfaux Materials Handling.

The container and sea freight cost £4000 and is being shipped from Tilbury within the next few days to:-
The Edward Francis Small, Teaching Hospital in Banjul, The Gambia.
This cost has been borne by our very own Berkshire Masonic Charity and Sovereign Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem on a 50/50 basis.

The approx replacement value of the goods shipped is £200,000 and consisted of:-
Surplus to requirement electric beds (40)
Round and Square tables, chairs, PPE, Books (600), Mattresses, Walking aids, Wheelchairs, Linen etc.
All items were offered to other RMBI Homes but not required.

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