RGB Building Supplies has joined forces with charity Amigos and is inviting people to donate preloved tools to young people in Africa to help them lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

Until Wednesday 31 July, preloved hand, power and gardening tools can be placed in the collection bags in any of RGB’s 20 branches. Amigos will then arrange for the donations to be collected, repaired and shipped to Africa.

The charity has been working in Uganda for nearly 20 years and for the last nine it has been providing vocational training. This includes conservation farming, carpentry, building and tailoring over a 12-month period, to up to 50 young people affected by war, HIV and abject poverty. The donated tools will be an instrumental part of this training, which helps to create vital apprenticeships and employment.

Roger Bartlett, Amigos volunteer and Project Leader, said: “At Amigos we firmly believe that Ugandans are the solution to their problem of poverty.

“By equipping young people in vocational skills at Kira Farm, we have seen time and again how they are able to transform the lives of not just themselves, but their families and the wider community too.

“We are absolutely delighted that RGB has agreed to partner with us in helping to provide much needed tools that will give our trainees and others the very best chance of succeeding.”

Kevin Fenlon, CEO at RGB, added: “Many of us have tools that we don’t use and it’s these that will help change the lives of the young people supported by Amigos, so we’re encouraging our customers and the communities local to our branches to bring them to our donation points.

“In advance, we’d like to thank everyone who supports the appeal.”