CARING tots from Barrhead are helping to provide vital schooling for children in one of the poorest areas of Africa.

The Tweenies, who meet every week at the United Reformed Church, rallied round to stage a fundraiser for the Educate the Kids charity.

The cash flowed as people dropped in for a welcome cuppa and cakes, while a tombola, raffle and ‘guess the age of the doll’ contest gave the funds a further boost.

Event organiser Susan Hoppe said: “We had a very successful morning, raising £250 which will let Educate the Kids pay for two youngsters’ education for a year in an area near Mombasa, in Kenya.”

Special guest at the fundraiser was Heather Watt, a local ambassador for the charity, which organises UK visits from the Singing Children of Africa – a popular choir who are coming to the area later in the year.

Susan added: “We noticed that Heather had posted on Facebook about the work done by Educate the Kids and decided to see what we could do to help.

“There is a good chance that some of our Tweenies will be able to see the children’s choir when they come over later in the year.

“It is important that our children learn that education should not just be taken for granted. That’s why we want to give African children the chance to go to school.”