Old tin sales pay for tools to Africa

August 01 2015

Coalpit Heath residents Shelley Wright and Tracey Morris have discovered a novel way of raising money for charity – selling old biscuit, tobacco, confectionery and motoroil tins on eBay.

Tin lady

Coalpit Heath residents Shelley Wright and Tracey Morris have discovered a novel way of raising money for charity – selling old biscuit, tobacco, confectionery and motoroil tins on eBay.
The pair volunteer with the Bristol branch of the charity Tools for Self Reliance. The group collects old tools and sewing machines, refurbishes them and transports them, via the charity’s headquarters in Hampshire, to partners in Africa who train local people and distribute the kits. In the last four years they have completed six projects and sent 92 kits of tools.
Tracey Morris, the project coordinator for the region, said, ‘People donate the tools for us to refurbish and send to the charity’s partners in Africa, but we have to raise the funds to cover the shipping costs and to train the recipients to use the tools too.’
Part of this money comes from selling old tins on eBay. The tins are donated along with the tools, and after a quick clean are listed for sale.
Shelley Wright is the eBayer who sells the tins, ‘Most of the tins we sell fetch under £5, many only 99p, but every now and then we find a tin which is really sought after.’ she says, ‘It has taken a long time but we have recently reached £3000 of tins sales.’
Each kit costs about £40 to ship to Africa, so the old tins have paid for 75 kits to be sent to artisans in some of the world’s poorest countries.
If you have any old tins, of any kind, or tools, sewing machines, or haberdashery, please phone Shelley or Tracey on 01454 850935 and they will arrange to have them collected.