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Closed 29/04/2019

£550raised of £600 target by 16 supporters

    Weʼve raised £550 to matchfund solar streetlights in Sierra Leone

    Funded on Monday, 29th April 2019

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    A huge cheer of applause to everyone who has helped us with our streetlights project, which is now complete. If you would like to continue to support our projects in Sierra Leone, then please go to our new Justgiving page. Just paste the following web address into your browser -

    See below for details of the streetlights project that we did in Spring 2019. Any further funds that happen to land here will be diverted to our new project.

    Our friends Ian and Heather are volunteering at their own expense in Sierra Leone. They asked Julrick, elected Head Man of York Village and Prince, elected Head Man of Bure Village, what would make a real difference in their villages.

    It's the 200th anniversary of the founding of Freetown, when in 1819 the first freed slaves returned to set up home here. The Head Men of both these villages said that they would like to install some street lighting. It goes dark at 7pm and there is no electricity supply to either village. Solar street lights make it safer to move around, help them spot snakes, provide a place where adults can gather to talk and children can do their homework, and increase pride in the community.

    To get them started, Ian offered to matchfund some lights in each village. Despite being one of the poorest countries in the world, these ambitious and determined local leaders have raised their half of the money for 20 solar lights. We have raised funds for 10, so now need to raise another £600 to meet our half of the bargain. Please help by making a donation. It will all go directly to this project.

    We visited these villages in 2018 and are in weekly contact with Ian and Heather, so just get in touch if you want an update or any more information.

    You can see more about their projects at

    Together, let's shed a little light in the world!



    • Peter Bates3 months ago
      Peter Bates

      Peter Bates

      3 months ago

      We did it! Thanks so much to everyone who donated both online and offline. We have raised enough money to fund the streetlights project and to provide a small fund for repairs and replacements. So this crowdfunding request is now closed. If you would like to help with another of the amazing projects created by Ian and Heather in Sierra Leone, please jump to a new fundraising page.

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    • Peter Bates5 months ago
      Peter Bates

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      5 months ago
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    • A Foxhill Community Church member

      A Foxhill Community Church member

      Apr 16, 2019

      Thank you for caring


    • Peter Bates

      Peter Bates

      Mar 29, 2019


    • Anonymous


      Mar 11, 2019

      Hope this will help towards the street lights. Jackie


    • Anonymous


      Mar 10, 2019

    • Kathryn


      Mar 8, 2019

      Great to see you and this is a fantastic project


    • Anonymous


      Mar 1, 2019

      Continue this brilliant work!


    • Anonymous


      Feb 24, 2019

      From another of Henry's lamppost appreciators.


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