Police aid convoy team’s final load for 2012

People who travelled to Zambia on Friday with the latest Police Aid Convoy which left the Mansfield Depot

People who travelled to Zambia on Friday with the latest Police Aid Convoy which left the Mansfield Depot

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A MANSFIELD charity which sends aid to some of the world’s poorest countries has waved goodbye to the last two containers of 2012.

National Police Aid Convoys (NPAC) sent its 23rd container of 2012 to Zanzibar and the 24th to Senegal from its warehouse at Crown Farm Estate in Forest Town.

The container for Zanzibar, which is a joint venture with The Uhuru Trust, comprises of basic hospital and clinic equipment for The One Coconut Tree Hospital on the island, off the east coast of Africa.

Retired Mansfield police inspector David Scott said: “With little income from taxation, their education, social and health services are very basic.

“We’ve got a 40ft container of things like beds, lockers, stationary, doctors and nurses uniforms, drip stands and sheets; advance buildings from dispensaries to hospitals that care, and where staff want to work.”

Senegal on Africa’s west coast is a new destination for NPAC.

Charity secretary Wanda Adams said: “All new destinations can cause problems on the first occasion but the plight of a group of 36 villages served by one dispensary and one small school has captured our imagination at a time of goodwill in the UK.”

The charity would particularly like to hear from people who have spare time over the Christmas and New Year period to help them with a move to a new warehouse.

Any unwanted Christmas presents or excess items will also be needed to stock the new warehouse.

Next year will mark NPAC’s 20th anniversary.

Anyone who wants to get involved with the charity can call them on 0844 8701 999 or email enqs@npac.org.uk.