When businesswoman Jackie Horsewood arrives for a week’s holiday in Cuba, her first assignment will be to take a suitcase of stationery to one of Old Havana’s secondary schools.
It will be the second time she has delivered pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, puzzles, post-it notes, scissors and other light items of stationery in a suitcase to the school.
Jackie, managing director of Wenlock Health and Safety Ltd., based in Ironbridge, Telford, has been given the stationery by Chrisbeon Office Supplies, also of Telford.
Chrisbeon first gave her free stationery for a school project when she visited Cambodia five years’ ago. She has also assisted the local community in Gambia and Mali and her latest sponsorship is a school of 250 pupils in Old Havana.
“The last time I was there I hadn’t realised there was so much of a need,” said Jackie. “Due to trade embargoes they are desperately short of materials and stationery is high on their agenda.
“The school was over the moon with the items that Chrisbeon donated then and I know they will be equally enthusiastic when my husband Graham and I arrive at the school doors with my latest suitcase of selected items that they need.
“Wenlock Health and Safety has been a customer of Chrisbeon Office Supplies since we started in business nine years’ ago and their support of my school projects is highly valued.
“They have given me a superb selection of stationery items for this visit,” she added.
Said Chrisbeon partner Richard Hughes: “We are happy to help. We hadn’t realised that a country like Cuba is so short of stationery and that import embargoes are obviously still having such a massive affect on their day-to-day life.”