Tools wanted (and a workshop).

No this is not a call for a bunch of idiots but an appeal for those of you who have tools you don’t need, or duplicates that you would like to donate to charity. Ilkley Tools for Africa (ITFA) is a small group of volunteers who have been operating in the West Yorkshire town since 2004 .

The idea is a simple: everyone has tools they don’t need, tools that are gathering rust in sheds and basements. ITFA has collects the tools, refurbishes them and and has sent more than 65,000 overseas to sustain projects in a number of African countries.

In addition, it has dispatched 450 sewing machines and twenty knitting machines. A large number of these items would have ended up in landfill and so, as well as assisting development in some of the poorest countries in the world, ITFA is also doing some worthwhile recycling. By various means, particularly sales of items not sent abroad, the group has raised thousands of pounds for WORKAID, the national charity, which it supports. Hartley’s, the local auction house has been extremely generous with its assistance in this. The group has also been helped greatly by Morten’s Hardware Store and Ilkley Wharfedale Rotary.

However, the future of this valuable charity is uncertain since soon it will lose both its Cornmill workshop on Railway Road and its garage storage spaces in Ben Rhydding. Both are being redeveloped by the owners. The ITFA volunteers are looking for new premises urgently: sizeable garages/sheds, one with a work bench/benches and power and another for storage.

If anyone can help, please contact Frank McCrickard; 01943 608655.  

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