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Friends of Visually Impaired Children in the Gambia

Thank You To Donors

FGVI is no longer a UK charity, but donations to it since 1998 made it possible to maintain the school and provide many of the items required by the pupils and staff including specialist equipment. We have also been able to ensure that the pupils received balanced, nutritious meals. 

Phil Feller said: "I would like to thank you all for being members and sponsors over the years. Without your kind donations the GOVI Resource School for Visually Impaired Children would not have been built and maintained, nor the children fed or been provided with uniforms, shoes, sportswear and other items."

We will continue to help children in the Gambia whenever we can. If you do want to support us in this the bank account for the Friends of Visually Impaired Children in the Gambia is held at the HSBC Bank plc at 181 King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR 30 1IS. 

The details are as follows: bank – HSBC; sort code – 40-22-22; and account number – 61598678.

People to Thank

The following people and organisations have contributed to this website:

Photographs have been supplied by Pip Pointon (formerly Land), David Pointon, Ken Nicholas, Phil Feller, and Matt Connolley, 

Many thanks to Sheridan Hudson for all her sterling work in setting up and editing  the charity's website for many years. And to Carol Haynes, our present websmaster, and to Pip for writing articles and updating it.   


We were delighted that we were able to introduce Heather Ritchie to GOVI and that her work through  Rug Aid proved to be so useful among visually impaired people in the Gambia. Sadly Heather died in November 2022 and Rug Aid has closed. Heather is greatly missed. 


Jankey and Heather working together, The Gambia, February 2007 (Photo Pip Land)