New chapter for Bute charity’s fund-raising efforts

David Hanschell's Surplus Educational Supplies Foundation has travelled a long way since it was set up on Bute eight years ago.
David Hanschell's Surplus Educational Supplies Foundation has travelled a long way since it was set up on Bute eight years ago.

BUTE teacher-turned-fundraiser David Hanschell has begun a new chapter in his efforts to help Caribbean communities ravaged by poverty and natural disaster – by opening up a book store in Greenock.

The new premises are located at 38 East Hamilton Street, on the main A8 road between Greenock and Port Glasgow, round the corner from Cartsdyke railway station and a stone’s throw from the Cappielow Park football ground.

The books on sale at the new store – which opened on Thursday – were donated to David’s Surplus Educational Supplies Foundation by Inverclyde Council after several of the area’s old schools and facilities were replaced by new buildings with up-to-date equipment.

Inverclyde Council has also given David a year’s rent-free lease of the premises, in return for his refurbishing the store, while the shelves holding the books came from Rothesay Library following the local premises’ refurbishment last year.

The opening of the Greenock store is the latest addition to a remarkable success story for the Foundation, which was set up on Bute eight years ago and now has surplus supplies in storage in Greenock, Edinburgh, Bathgate and Dunfermline awaiting onward transport to the Caribbean.

“It’s been a challenge and a thrill,” David said of the Foundation’s most recent development.

“When I first looked at the possibility of opening a shop, I quailed a bit, but then I thought I might never get the opportunity again.

“The whole object is to raise the profile of this business of not throwing stuff away. It can’t be rocket science to say that some of these resources we don’t need could still be put to good use.”