Group overwhelmed after pants donations

Knickers appeal: Terry Westwood, centre, with packers Yvonne D'Cruz and Ginny Kolb.'Photo: MSMP220415-003js

Knickers appeal: Terry Westwood, centre, with packers Yvonne D'Cruz and Ginny Kolb.'Photo: MSMP220415-003js

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A group of volunteers have been hard at work packing hundreds of pairs of knickers that will be shipped to help those in Kenya, following a successful appeal launched in Bourne.

Friends of Nyansakia, who launched the appeal for donations of underwear in The Local last month to help both women and children in Kenya, have been overwhelmed with donations.

More than 700 pairs of pants have been collected for the appeal, along with donations of bras, clothes, shoes and even books and stationery, all of which will be shipped to a small village in Kenya, Nyansakia where women and children don’t have the money to buy such a simple necessity as underwear.

Trustee, Terry Westwood, from Bourne is over the moon with the response from the local community. She said: “We literally have a mountain of knickers ready to be shipped to help those in Kenya.

“I’ve become known as the knickers lady in Bourne! Everywhere I go I receive donations, whether I’m walking through the street and someone hands me a bag full of pants, or I’m sat at home and knickers are falling through my letterbox.”

Children and parents at both Bourne Westfield and Bourne Abbey have also been collecting donations, allowing people to use the schools as a drop off point for their pants.

The charity, based in the Bourne and Deepings, was founded five years ago and aims to make a difference in the daily lives of the people living in Nyansakia, Western Kenya.

The charity has previously run campaigns to help improve the lives of the 3,000 people living in Nyansakia.

In 2013 the charity visited the village, and found that very little underwear is worn, as it’s an expensive item for subsistence farmers to buy.

Terry said: “Ladies in the community can be put in embarrassing situations should they fall, as they traditionally wear only skirts or dresses.”

So last year, they sent out 27 packs of knickers which had been collected, but many of the ladies were left disappointed as there just wasn’t enough pairs to go round.

Due to the greater need for more donations, this year the charity will be shipping a pallet full of donated items to Kenya. The pallet has been kindly donated by an anonymous source.

The charity will also be holding its annual general meeting on May 14, 7pm at the Old School House in North Street, Bourne.

For more information about the charity please visit http://nyansakia.org/