Longley Concrete support local school to help in Tanzania

Longley Concrete has supported pupils at Silcoates School to help build much needed classrooms at a school in Babati, Tanzania. The Dewsbury-based business purchased specialist building gloves to help the pupils with their project.

Silcoates school, in Wakefield, raised over £50,000 and made a huge difference to a very poor rural community, with the renovation of seven classrooms, the building of a kitchen and the construction of several gardens. Four rain catchers were built to make a water supply for a whole community which previously only had one tap.

Managing Director Michael Longley commented “We strive to support local organisations doing good in the community and this project seemed a great fit for us. As well as supporting a great cause in Tanzania, we hope that the young pupils will return with an interest in construction and the building sector. We wish them all the best for their trip.”

To help raise funds for the Tanzania trip eighteen pupils took part in a charity skydive, completing a 15,000ft tandem jump over Hibaldstow in Lincolnshire. They freefell for over a minute through the clouds before the parachute opened, and then took another five minutes to reach the ground, during which time everyone was allowed to control the parachute. The 46 pupils going on the trip have taken part in a number of fundraising initiatives throughout the year including busking and holding a ‘call my wine bluff’ evening.

The pupils flew to Tanzania in October and will assist in building the classrooms in Babati, Tanzania.