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Energy workers help African schoolchildren

When energy worker Steve Winterton went on holiday with his headteacher wife, little did he know it would lead to a fund-raising drive at his Maidstone office.

From Press releases - 31 March 2015 12:00 AM

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When energy worker Steve Winterton went on holiday with his headteacher wife, little did he know it would lead to a fund-raising drive at his Maidstone office.

Steve is a surveyor in Bircholt Road with UK Power Networks, the company that owns and maintains the electricity distribution networks serving more than eight millions properties in the South-East, London and East Anglia.

His wife Leanne is headteacher at Rodmell CoE Primary School, near Lewes, and she likes to visit local schools wherever they go on holiday. About five years ago they visited Gambia and got to know about the Sir Dembo’s Primary School in Wellingara, about 10 miles south of the main tourist area of the West African country.

Steve said: “When we returned home we wanted to do something to help the children at the school. It’s a poor nation and we are comparatively rich. So we did some fund-raising at the school and with the highway assets team at my office and raised about £300 to buy some tables and chairs for the school.”

Tomorrow, the couple are heading out to Gambia again and this time will be taking about £640, half of which has been raised by colleagues and half by UK Power Networks as part of the company’s match-funding scheme.

While there, the Wintertons will find out what the money will be spent on.

He said: “It really is wonderful that my colleagues have taken the school to their hearts. Their generosity is so valued by the children and their community in Gambia.”