Disabled people helping others to help themselves

DISABLED people in south Northants who are helping poor people in the developing world were given a £1,000 cheque by a Towcester businessman this month.

Tools for Self Reliance - Northampton (TFSR) provides work experience and volunteering opportunities for adults with disabilities at their workshop in Northampton and once a week at the St John Ambulance centre in Towcester. Tools are refurbished, put together in kits and then sent to communities around the world, where the recipients are then able to learn a trade. Last week they were presented with a cheque by Andy Betts, a partner at Towcester Financial Planning.

Mr Betts said: “I was keen to identify local charities that could really benefit from a grant, and when I became aware of the work undertaken by the charity I knew that a modest £1,000 would make a real difference to the charity’s ability to continue operating.”

TFSR chairman David Walsh, said it costs £50,000 to run the charity and expressed his gratitude for the donation. He added: “Volunteers thoroughly enjoy working with the tools knowing they are helping people just as disadvantaged as themselves.”

For more details call 01604 604954 or visit www.tfsrnorthampton.org.uk.