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Latest News from Waterloo Schools Charity

Congratulations to Christopher Cole – Our first graduate!

Christopher became a scholar at the age of 11 and has now graduated with a law degree from the Fourah Bay University in Freetown.

Our charity has sponsored him right through primary and secondary school and also at university. We are very proud of him.

We will bring news of the other two recipients of the LAURIE READ BURSARY, Eku Williams and Raymond Parsons, in our next newsletter. If you would like to know more about setting up a bursary, to enable other young men or women to complete their degrees at university, please email Sue at ssn_read@yahoo.co.uk.

Forthcoming Events

Trivia Quiz and Fish n chip Supper
Friday 8th September
Dormston Village Hall, WR7 4LB
7 pm for 7.30 pm start

Bar and Raffle

By popular demand we are holding another quiz for Waterloo Schools, with a fish and chip supper. We hope you can bring along a team for this fun evening . To reserve a table (teams of 4-6) please call Anne Robertson on 01386 793271 or Sue Read on 01386 553891. Tickets are £10 per person to include supper. Children under 12 - £5.

Last year we raised over £1000 and are hoping to better this this year. If you have any gifts or promises that we can use in the raffle, these would be gratefully received. Please contact Anne or Sue.

Could you spare £5 per month?

The students are eager to be educated and as we are sure you will be aware education is the way forward for children to achieve their potential.  Please consider making a regular donation for as little as £5 per month by completing a standing order form and sending it to us Please click on the link below or contact us on any of the numbers given above.

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Welcome to Waterloo Schools Charity

Forty years ago Laurie Read, founder of the Charity, worked as a teacher in Sierra Leone before returning to the UK to take up medicine. His love for this little African country never left him. At that time, newly independent Sierra Leone was developing and full of promise for the future.

However, the subsequent years of dictatorship and civil war brought the country to its knees and made it difficult for Laurie to keep in touch. Upon retiring from the NHS in 2005 he and his wife, Sue, made a visit to Sierra Leone to see whether he could work there as a surgeon. It also gave Laurie a chance to visit the Peninsula Secondary School where he had been principal and had taught science so many years earlier. He was horrified by what he found. As a direct result of that visit Waterloo Schools Charity was founded in 2005 and its aim is to co-operate with the people of Waterloo in restoring and developing nursery, primary and secondary school education.

Sadly, Laurie Read passed away in 2014 but his legacy lives on through the efforts of a committed group of trustees, here and in Sierra Leone, and ably led by Sue Read.  Thanks also go to our dedicated and hardworking team of fundraisers and all our donors who give so generously.

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