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Great Baddow High School supports a range of charities throughout the year and so when a member of staff requested donations for a charity in Kenya, the sports department were delighted to help and put unwanted kit to good use.

Mrs Jane Campbell, who works in the Resource Base for Hearing Impaired Students at Great Baddow High School, was travelling to Kisumu, Kenya to work with ‘To Kenya With Love’, a charity that runs the Simon Newberry school, a primary school for children aged 3 – 14 years in the slum area of Manyatta. The school offers free education to children who otherwise are unable to afford any other form of education, and thereby giving them a chance of gaining employment and breaking the cycle of poverty and dependence.

As part of a team of volunteers from Rayleigh Baptist Church, Jane worked directly with the pupils and staff at the school looking at their needs including building work, resources and support for children with special educational needs. Spending time in lessons, leading a school assembly and working with the staff looking at their education system, it is hoped that the group will be able to send out more volunteers in the future to complete the work and continue to support the needs of the school.

The staff at Great Baddow High School were extremely generous and provided a great deal of equipment included in the list of essential items that the charity had asked for and the PE Department took the opportunity to go through their kit cupboard and donate a lot of the Great Baddow High School sports kit that is no longer being used. The team in Kisumu were extremely grateful and the kit was put to good use by the Kisumu soccer team that was set up for the pupils and community in order to provide them with a positive activity to do off the streets and encourage them in Education.