The British community in Sierra Leone which comprises the British High Commission, the British Council, DFID and IMATT last Friday handed over the sum of Le2million to the Cheshire Disability Home at Cline Town as part of efforts to support vulnerable children in the country.
The Deputy British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone Michael Shearer presented the money as sports relief fund to the chairman of Cheshire Services on behalf of the British family in Sierra Leone.
In his statement the Deputy High Commissioner said the money was raised through sports wherein members of British institutions in the country organized a one mile sport relief run at the Lumley beach in Freetown. He said the sport Relief event was not only organized for the purpose of sportsmanship but also as a fund raising event to support the less privileged in society.
Mr. Shearer pledged the British High Commission’s unflinching support to vulnerable groups like the Cheshire Home. The Head of British Council in Sierra Leone June Rollinson said the British Council has always been in support of the Cheshire Home and vulnerable groups in the country. She promised that by next year they hope to raise more funds when such a sport relief event will be organized.
The Regional Programme Manager of Leonard Cheshire Disability for West Africa, Prof. Usman M. Bah thanked the British family in Sierra Leone for their support and passion for disabled people adding if disabled children are to grow as useful citizens of the country they definitely need support like this.
Giving a background of the Cheshire Home in Sierra Leone Prof. Bah said four Cheshire Homes have now been set up across the country to educate and train children with disabilities with livelihood skills that will make them useful in society.
He disclosed that the Home has trained several disabled persons that are now living better lives in society. The Chairman of Cheshire Services in Sierra Leone Rev.J.K.C Renner disclosed that well over 78 disabled children will benefit from the Sport Relief fund that has been given as support. He also thanked the Deputy British High Commissioner in particular for visiting the Home.
By William Freeman