A group of kind-hearted taxi drivers have donated their own cash to buy a water pump for a school in Pakistan.
Eight drivers at Metro Cars on Carlton Street, Halifax, had been putting aside money each week for the past year and managed to raise more than £1,000 to provide water at the Government Boys Primary School Mahey Kalan in Gujrat, Pakistan.
The water pump now means the children at the school have daily access to water - which they had previously had to travel miles for, in searing temperatures.
The situation was so desperate at the school that teachers were forced to bring bottled water in from their homes so the children could stay hydrated throughout the day.
Mansha Hussain, one of the drivers, said: “Everyone has been donating to charities before but we wanted to do something different where we could see the money going to people who are desperate need - whether that be for water or food.
“So it was money well spent.
“Someone in Pakistan have us the information about this particular school where they were struggling with water big-time.
“Teachers were having to bring water from home, in bottles, because there was no water for miles. It is in a remote place.
“It’s hot there - even now it’s hot over there - and the children would have been very thirsty.
“So they’re all thrilled to bits that someone from the outside has contributed to this.
“And we’re very happy that we were able to help too.”
Retired driver Nazar Hussain recently went over to Pakistan for a few months and visited the remote village, on behalf of the drivers, for a ceremony to mark the installation of the pump.
Mansha added: “He went and did the opening ceremony and made a speech.
“He told us they were really over the moon with the water pump.”