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Manager at Sussex-Based Global Company Asks For Your Socks

Could you spare a pair or two of socks? If so, the Global Customer Quality Manager of Uckfield-based TR Fastenings, Maddy Webb, would like them. Maddy is also seeking sock-toys, Lego and financial donations – all to support a small Sussex-based charity that’s making a big difference to the lives of children in Kenya.

Friends of Mombasa Children (FOMC), a registered charity established in 2003, is currently fundraising to buy mosquito nets to provide protection against malaria for children living in its school orphanage and nearby slums. It costs just £5 to buy a net but it could save a young child’s life.
The Lego that Maddy is asking for is to use in classroom demonstrations and the socks are to teach the children how to make sock-toys. Voluntary teams at TR’s sites throughout the UK are currently testing instructions for sock-toy making, turning the woolly footwear into animals such as zebras and elephants, ahead of Maddy visiting Mombasa early next year.  

Friends of Mombasa Children

FOMC built and runs Unity Freretown Junior and Primary School, located north of Mombasa Island. More than providing a place of learning, the school and its orphanage give children a stable, caring environment, a substantial meal each day they are at school, and free access to healthcare.  
The charity is also currently fundraising for the “8K Classroom Challenge,” to buy a little more land and construct a brick school building at a cost of £8000 per classroom.
Maddy commented: “Many of the charity’s trustees are or have been teachers, so they’re doing a great job with the educational standards of the school, supporting teacher training and development as well as providing for the children. A lot of people from Sussex help keep the charity going, but we’re appealing for more support and if anyone can help the kids, even with a small one-off donation, it would be hugely appreciated. It’s easy to do this by visiting the Friends Of The Mombasa Children Virgin Money Giving webpage."

For further information on the charity visit their website:

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