College sends old furniture to deprived Pakistan schools

Bradford College is sending unwanted furniture following the closure of the college's McMillian Building to deprived schools in Pakistan.

Bradford College is sending furniture to schools in Pakistan Credit: Bradford College

Dr. Amjad Shaikh from the charity Rehabilitation Response and Jack Doyle from Bradford Rotary Club and 15 colleagues from removal firm, Business Moves Group, were on hand to load the lorry full of furniture.

The furniture which was mostly tables, chairs and drawers is now on its way to Chiniot, a small town in Pakistan.

“The furniture is going to a place that really needs it. When I visited the schools there were thousands of children sat on the floor trying to study. It was deeply upsetting to see the poor standards of their education environment, especially when these children are so keen to learn,” said Dr Shaikh.

“We involve local Rotarians here and in Pakistan, so they can ensure that the furniture is not being misused."

With the vast redevelopments currently going on at Bradford College, the closing of their old buildings means over 160 containers have been sent to Pakistan and will continue to be sent over the upcoming months.

“Although we are lucky to be undergoing so many redevelopments at the college, we must remember that schools in these less developed countries have very little and it really is pleasing to know our old furniture is going to good use,” said Ian Fox, Project Officer at Bradford College.