Young Banchory mums in backpack plea

Banchory Young Mums are hoping to help some of the planet’s poorest children by setting up a “backpack factory”.

The group, which meets in Banchory Community Learning and Development Centre, has set up the “Backpack Project” which aims to provide third world children with a complete school backpack including notepads, pencils, gym shoes and the backpack itself.

Members of the Banchory Young Mums group who set up the backpack project to help thrid world children.

Members of the Banchory Young Mums group who set up the backpack project to help thrid world children.

The project is in co-ordination with the Mary’s Meals charity.

The group is looking for donations of stationery items which will then be used by children in Liberia, Malawi, Haiti, Uganda and Kenya to gain an education.

Group coordinator Avril Clark said: “I came across the idea when I was reading a magazine article about something similar. Children in these countries are often stopped from getting an education because of a lack of basic items like pencils. If they get these backpacks then they’ll be able to go to school and get an education.”

Group member Sally Lithgow has been in the group for three years: “It’s a really great idea and a great way to help people who are less fortunate than us.”

The group is also accepting donations with special change boxes designated for £10.70 set up.

“£10.70 can provide a child in the third world with school meals for a year, it’s incredible to think that it’s such a small sum when you compare it to, say, your mobile phone bill,” said Sally.

For more details contact Banchory Young Mums on: 01330 825966 or avril.clark@aberdeenshire