Record donations at charity loading day

Children of Honduras trust load the trucks at the tgd depot west Hallam. Christian Hadfield, David Winslow, Derek Cox and Terry Frost.
Children of Honduras trust load the trucks at the tgd depot west Hallam. Christian Hadfield, David Winslow, Derek Cox and Terry Frost.

KIND-HEARTED volunteers gave up their Saturday this week to load containers with goods for children in Central America.

During yet another Children of Honduras Trust loading day at the TDG depot in West Hallam, four tall shipping containers were packed to the brim with much-needed vital supplies.

Advertiser photographer Lindsay Martin and husband Darren were among the 150 volunteers who rolled up their sleeves to join in the packing, which this year saw a record amount of food donated, amongst thousands of other useful items.

She said: “We are really lucky to have the things we have and the children over there feel lucky if they just have a mattress to sleep on.

“I had a day off and thought an extra couple of pairs of hands would help – and next year, I’ll do it again.

“It’s really hard work but the team spirit is amazing and everyone is willing to work really hard to get the containers packed.

“I was amazed at how much stuff they can get in – there wasn’t an inch to spare by the end!”

The loading was made a little more difficult this year because of power failures, which meant that the warehouse lights at the Cat and Fiddle Lane depot went out twice.

But trust founder and trustee Jennifer Cox said that TDG staff quickly arranged emergency supplies with off-duty staff called on to restore power.

She said: “Everybody pulled together and worked hard with great humour to successfully load the containers.”

The containers will leave for Honduras on Thursday and should arrive on Tuesday April 19.

The goods will be distributed around the poverty-stricken country from May 1.