St Brendan's Catholic Primary School.

Many thanks to the children of St Brendan's Catholic Primary School, Corby for their brilliant donation of £161.72. They raised this money for Sports Relief. The money will help fund the Malaria Project in Penyem Village, The Gambia. The school was officially named as a Partnership School in the NTF Schools Twinning Programme with Penyem Nursery School.

2014-2015 Budget secured!

We are please to announce that full funding for projects in Penyem for the year 2014-2015 have been secured and sent to the village. The funding which is over £6000 covers all sponsored children, a new maintenance budget for the new village ambulance, supplement salaries for the teachers and funding for small projects.

Next trip booked for December 2014!

A group of 15 Adults will be heading off to The Gambia on Tuesday 9 December 2014! This follows the successful adult trip in December 2013. It seems as if it will become an annual event! The image here if for those requiring Health information for The Gambia.

February 2014 visit.

The Kingswood Secondary Academy, Corby made their annual visit to Penyem during February 2014. For a year they had been fundraising and getting involved in the 2014 mosquito net appeal. On January 1st 2014 we set a target for the year to fundraise to allow us to but 250 mosquito nets for the villagers. By the end of January we had raise enough money for 626 nets - a year's target in one month! We had also set a target for 2015 to fundraise to replace our old village community ambulance. In February 2014, with the help of £2500 donated by the Kingswood students, we were able to buy a replacement - two years of targets in 2 months!

We also were able to present the village with the funds to pay the doctor for another year courtesy of Imerja UK Ltd. Furthermore, we were able to give the second phased payment of £500 donated by DJB Labcare UK for the training of a nurse. Labcare also donated a reconditioned autoclave (medical steriliser) which has been top of the doctor's wish list for a number of years.

NTF would like to thank everyone for their amazing generosity.

Below is some key moments in the week!
Mosquito net appeal 2014. 

Aminata Badjie receves a laptop given to her by her sponsors 'The Sharnocks'!

Thew autoclave donated by DJB Labcare UK is presented to the village doctor.

Buying mosquito nets at Serrekunda market.

Transporting the nets with the most valuable mode of transport - a wheelbarrow!

The opening of The Jasper Brown block.

The new village community Ambulance sponsored by The Kingswood Secondary Academy, Corby. (Signage donated by Brunel Signs - Ian Day of  The Roatary Club of Corby Phoenix).

Presenting the NTF Challenge Cup.

The official handing over of the ambulance.

Latest news!

We set a deadline for the donations for mosquito nets as 31 January 2014. This seems a strange thing to do as it was originally our project for the whole of 2014! Of course, we will not turn down further donations! Our target was to supply Penyem Village with 200 mosquito nets. It is now Wednesday 5 February 2014 and the total we are able to purchase is...............592................. WOW! Thanks to everyone who has contributed. We will be displaying a 'Tribute Wall' in the village Health Centre later this month.

Furthermore, our second phase of fundraising for 2015, was to replace our ageing Community Ambulance which we bought 10 years ago. Last week I received a donation from The Kingswood Secondary Academy, Corby of £2500! NTF has added a minimum of another £500 to this to make the funds available for a replacement vehicle £3000. Land Rovers or similar are difficult to find in The Gambia at this price and we are aware we may have to increase the funds. However, we hope to have a replacement vehicle by the end of March. Not bad - 2 years work done in 3 months!

I will be travelling to The Gambia on 18 February with a group from Kingswood. We will distribute mosquito nets - with any luck from a 'new' vehicle!

Lastly I pass on my thanks to Imerja UK and DJB Labcare who have renewed their sponsorship of the Health workers in Penyem Health Centre for 2014.

Mosquito nets update!

Friday 17 January. After only 2 weeks, the mosquito net appeal has reached 148 nets. This is a fantastic effort from all our supporters. We are confident of reaching our target of 200 nets by the end of January. We will personally deliver the nets to families in Penyem when we visit the village at the end of February. The picture here shows the Alkolo fo Penyem, Chief Kalilu Kolley with a mosquito net in the isolation ward of the health centre.

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Mosquito nets appeal.

2014 with be the 10th anniversary of our charity - Northampton Trustee Fund.  We are setting out on our most ambitious fundraising venture to date - to fight off malaria in our village of Penyem in The Gambia. This will eventually involve major financial medical input in our health centre in the village. However to get things moving we are appealing for donations to buy mosquito nets. £5 will buy a net with your name on it! How can you help? - put a fiver in an envelope and send it to me at 11 Greenhills Close. Northampton. NN2 8EN ......BUT BEFORE YOU POST IT - get down the pub or wherever and make a collection from your friends - don't forget to include a list of names. A mosquito net will solve over 50% of the problems - ALL FOR A FIVER! Please share this with your friends. Thanks.

December 2013 visit.

Gambia Adventure of a seventy eight year old dog walker called Margaret!

The object of the holiday was to go to the village school in Penyem to meet Salimata Badjie, my sponsored child.  I travelled with Team Butler – Anne and Andy founders of the charity Northampton Trustee Fund, David and Joyce (semi-retired teachers).
It was the first time in Africa for me, I had all the jabs, got the malaria tablets (never saw a mossie).  All the travelling went well and at last landed at Banjul Airport.  We had so much luggage, mostly for charity, straight through customs and I was climbing on to a milk crate to get into the back of an open top Land Rover.
We arrived at the hotel which was very nice, room overlooking the pool.  We settled in then met up to go to Senegambia for dinner, which happened each night.  We had lovely fish meals most nights.  We had a rest day by the pool, walked on the beach, afternoon tea and cocktail hour, all very pleasant.
The next day after breakfast we went to Penyem along the new road – what a journey! There was red dust everywhere, the road from Brikama had cut through houses, leaving half houses with people still living in them – no compensation or hand outs here.  Team Gambia came with us, Dan, Ten, Andrew and Bob the driver.  I felt very safe.  It was a long ride to the school and we walked up a long path towards the school and we could hear children singing. 
What a welcome – a sea of smiling faces.  Chief Kolley, a nice man showed us all the improvements that have been carried out by NTF money then we sat under a large tree and Andy and Anne unpacked all the school equipment, paper, books and pens that had been given.  I met Salimatou who was a lovely little girl.  She sat on my knee while about ten other children tried to join her.  The sponsored children were given their Christmas cards and lollipops.  We had lunch with Chief Kolley, the Doctor and the teachers.  It was rice with peppers and a little chicken which was very nice. We then returned to the hotel.
The next day was a rest day around the pool getting sunburnt – particularly at Pa’s juice bar on the beach. 
The next day was another visit to Penyem to visit Salimata’s house, taking a sack of rice and some soap.  Andrew Gomez came with me as Salimata’s father spoke very little English but was very welcoming.  I was shown around the house which was made of mud and brick walls, a tin roof and mud floors.  I was shown his wedding photos and given some peanuts which he had grown.  They are very close knit families, growing maize, rice, peanuts, bananas and other fruits, keep chickens and goats and they seem very happy and content.  I was sad to leave them.
On the last day Dan took us on a Mystery Tour.  We had a nice boat trip on the River Gambia in a dug out canoe type boat.  We visited Serrekunda Market, the largest in the Gambia and the Crocodile Magic Pool where we all stroked the crocs.  I was very scared, they looked just like a piece of wood until one moved.  I had all goose bumps.  I made a wish, will it come true?

It has been a wonderful experience and I thank Team Butler, Team Gambia, David and Joyce for putting up with me.  I have such lovely memories.

By Margaret Brawn,

Dog Walker