Volunteers pack Honduras aid

NILABE120324a1, Loading day for West Hallam charity Honduras trust. Organisers Jennifer Cox, Jenny Smith, Rita Liggett and volunteers.
NILABE120324a1, Loading day for West Hallam charity Honduras trust. Organisers Jennifer Cox, Jenny Smith, Rita Liggett and volunteers.

Hundreds of water pumps to provide clean drinking water for children thousands of miles away were among items in an aid shipment leaving West Hallam this week.

The shipment of four extra high 40ft containers was packed up by volunteers at the Children of Honduras Trust warehouse in the village on Saturday.

NILABE120324a2, Loading day for West Hallam charity Honduras trust. Tea ladies.

NILABE120324a2, Loading day for West Hallam charity Honduras trust. Tea ladies.

The water pumps and other vital supplies including clothes and shoes, toiletries, medicines and medical equipment, education supplies, toys and sports equipment, and even toilets and sinks, are now making their way to Honduras, one of Central America’s poorest countries.

Jennifer Cox, founder and trustee of the charity, saw the effectiveness of the pumps when she took one with her last year when she visited the country on a fact-finding mission.

She said: “There is no safe drinking water in Honduras and those that we are seeking to help struggle to feed and clothe their families so expensive bottled water is not an option.”

This is the 38th year that the charity has packed up and sent supplies to the area.

NILABE120324a4, Loading day for West Hallam charity Honduras trust. jennifer Cox demonstrating the new Watre filtration pump.

NILABE120324a4, Loading day for West Hallam charity Honduras trust. jennifer Cox demonstrating the new Watre filtration pump.

Tonnes of powdered butter milk, flour, pasta and oats, plus cereals, packet and tinned foods is now on its way to schools and colleges, churches and missions, helping more than 8,000 children.

Water pumps were provided by Wirksworth Rotary Club and other aid has been collected from companies, churches, schools and other organisations across the country as well as Derbyshire.