Mansfield convoy team on way to Zambia to meet aid containers

People who travelled to Zambia on Friday with the latest police aid convoy

People who travelled to Zambia on Friday with the latest police aid convoy

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A GROUP of voulnteers have left Mansfield for Zambia to meet two huge aid containers which were dispatched earlier this year.

The 16-strong team from National Police Aid Convoys (NPAC) will also be checking on 15 other aid deliveries which have been sent to Africa since Christmas.

Retired Mansfield inspector David Scott was part of the team who set off from NPAC’s Mansfield branch in Crown Farm Estate.

He said: “It’s a unique opportunity to visit some really remote areas and help distribute some of the schools equipment, clothing and medical gear from the Nottingham area.”

The charity has been operating since 1993 and charity chairman, Mr Scott was one of the founding members.

He thinks a visit by so many people to Zambia will inspire everyone involved and the team will see how easy it is to make some sustainable changes.

Mr Scott is already looking forward to the next challenge.

“Zambia and Africa generally were too hard to do six years ago but we have three established bases who can absorb everything we send to them,” he added.

“Who knows where we will go next – Western Samoa and Nicaragua are the newest applicants.

“We always go in to projects with the clear objective of supplying what is needed for a long period. We move on when the element of ‘need’ reduces to ‘want’ and the need is still present in the rural areas”.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the team should email Wanda at enqs@npac.org.uk or leave a message on 01159 390 999.