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British man raises funds for school damaged in storm

A British national, who considers himself as a friend of The Gambia, has begun an online fundraising drive to help Bijilo Lower Basic School open on time for the 2016/17 academic session.

The famous school that has a pupil roll of more than one thousand is one of the many schools in the country badly damaged after severe storms.

Toby Simmonds told What's On-Gambia: "The fundraising has been an impulsive decision, after I saw the damage done to the school I felt obliged to at least reach out to people I know back home in the hope that we could pull together for the sake of a community in need of help. God willing, we will reach the target. "

He set a target of £1000 and has already raised more than £900.

The 24-year-old, who lives in a small city in Wales, started visiting The Gambia in 2010 and like many other tourists, he fell in love with the "Smiling Coast."

"If I remember rightly, my first visit to The Gambia was in 2010. My first impression of the country was intoxicating. The openness and welcoming nature of the Gambian people was unlike anything I had ever experienced back in the UK," he said.

Toby added: "If I went home, my mind stayed in The Gambia. I'm sure a lot of tourists will relate to what I'm saying. I've made friends, some that I even consider friends for life."

The fundraising is still ongoing and you can donate by clicking on the link below. If you don’t have anything to give, Toby wants you to share the JustGiving page.


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