Church tools appeal is a huge success

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An appeal in Calderdale for old hand tools to send to Africa was a “fantastic” success, according to organiser Keith Rowe.

Mr Rowe is leader of the Fettlers group at St Mary’s Church, Luddenden, which meets every two weeks to renovate old tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, planes and chisels before passing them on to a charity called Tools with a Mission.

But when their supply of tools dried up he appealed for people to donate their unwanted items.

“The result was fantastic,” he said. “I was astounded by the response and the generosity shown by Calderdale folk.

“We would like to thank everyone who contributed.

“We received 41 telephone calls and collected more than a thousand tools from all parts of the district.

“Now we have enough to keep us busy for the next couple of years.”

Some of the tools, including engineering, plumbing, bricklaying and woodworking items, will be renovated immediately and in May will be taken to St Mary’s sister church in Mmazame, Tanzania, where they will be used to create a craft training centre at the church.

The St Mary’s team heading for Africa is Mr Rowe, the assistant priest at St Mary’s, the Rev Martin Macdonald, a governor of Luddenden Dene primary School, Tony Hillyard, and a teacher at the school, Kate Healey.

They will leave on May 27.

The rest of the items donated will be passed on the Tools with a Mission when they have been fettled into good as new condition.

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