Brian finds a solution to his base problem

Morpeth's KEVI High School is the home for the Morpeth branch of charity Tools for Self Reliance, run by Brian Dobinson (left) and Michael Arries-Grounds Manager KEVI.'REF 2811143815
Morpeth's KEVI High School is the home for the Morpeth branch of charity Tools for Self Reliance, run by Brian Dobinson (left) and Michael Arries-Grounds Manager KEVI.'REF 2811143815

A high school has fixed a storage issue that would have resulted in the closure of the Morpeth-based branch of a national charity.

The Tools for Self Reliance (TFSR) operation, run in the town by local resident Brian Dobinson, involves refurbishing equipment that people no longer use – everything from saws and screwdrivers to bench grinders and vices.

The items are then sent to rural locations in six African countries via the main headquarters in Southampton and training is also provided to people in these communities.

Barnabas Safe and Sound provided a free storage facility for Mr Dobinson at its premises in Dark Lane, Morpeth, but it became unavailable when the charity revealed that it was required for a refurbishment project.

However, after a plea to town organisations, King Edward VI School responded positively and an old storage area within the school grounds was cleared up so it could be used as a TFSR base.

“It took a bit of work to get the unit ready, but it was worth it because it’s an ideal facility for me,” said Mr Dobinson.

“I’m very grateful to Victoria Najafi, head of student voice, and grounds manager Michael Arries at KEVI for their support and Barnabas for giving me an extension so I had a decent amount of time to find somewhere else.

“The intention is that a group of students will get involved in some of the refurbishments and I will then ask head office for information about how the tools they have worked are helping people in poor African communities.”

To donate some tools, call 07885 481943 or email info@morpethtfsr.org.uk