The Hinckley store are well on their way to raising £9,000 for the construction of a kindergarten in Ghana. 

Abhjit Roy, store director, expresses his happiness at how much has been raised for the Ashanti Development project: ‘It feels amazing to work towards our personal store goal of £9,000 that will all go towards the building of the kindergarten, a necessity to maintain the safety of children.’

The store has been fundraising in many different ways ahead of their annual visit to the site in October. As they are just short of the £9,000 target, the store is holding a charity quiz night (organised by employees Amanda Hardy and Leon Dziombak) at the Cross Keys pub in Barwell on Saturday 9 August for a 7:30pm start.

The money was raised mainly for the Mpantuase and Nkwabrim Kindergarten project. This is a place for infants of pre-school age; working parents can have peace of mind that their children are being looked after in a safe environment by local carers.

Ab says: ‘Any further funds we raise in-store will be used to provide furniture and books to be used in the kindergarten, so we will still encourage customers and passers-by to donate as every penny counts!’ 

Abhjit has been named chief of both Mpantuase and Nkwabrim villages in Ghana; ‘For the two villages to name me as chief is an honour. I look forward to building on our partnership when we visit in October as well as continuing with the fundraising. However, it’s been the sheer determination of my team and generosity from customers that have pushed the total to where it is!’

Ashanti Development is a charity which is run solely by volunteers. It was set up at the request of Ghanaians living in London who asked their friends and neighbours for help to improve the lives of the people they left behind in their home villages. The charity aims to provide remote villages in the Ashanti Region with water and sanitation, healthcare, education and income generating activities. 

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