Help sought with latest Bute charity shipment

David Hanschell, founder of the Surplus Educational Supplies Foundation.
David Hanschell, founder of the Surplus Educational Supplies Foundation.

Seventeen boxes of surplus books from Argyll and Bute Council’s library service are set to cross the Atlantic in the latest shipment of surplus educational supplies organised by a Bute charity.

But the Surplus Educational Supplies Foundation is looking for help transporting the items on the first leg of their journey - from Rothesay to a depot in Renfrew.

The Foundation’s founder, Rothesay resident and former North Bute Primary teacher David Hanschell, hopes to see the latest consignment of books shipped out next month to the Caribbean island of Grenada - where David’s efforts to help young people in countries ravaged by poverty and natural disaster began more than ten years ago.

David told The Buteman: “The library books in the current shipment will go to the community library in the village of Woburn in the parish of St George, Grenada.

“Help is requested to transport the collection to the depot of Advantage Worldwide (UK) Ltd in Renfrew. The Foundation will contribute to the ferry and fuel costs to Renfrew.”

If you can help transport the Bute library donation from Rothesay to Renfrew, email David at - to find out more about the charity’s work, go to

The latest shipment also includes books, furniture and other school equipment from Inverclyde and East Dunbartonshire, destined for two schools in Grenada - the St Michael’s RC Infant School and the Woburn Methodist School.