Butcher Dave’s Africa school legacy

March 26 2015

OVER £4,000 has been raised for a school in Africa, in memory of Gloucester Road butcher Dave Giles.

OVER £4,000 has been raised for a school in Africa, in memory of Gloucester Road butcher Dave Giles.

Dave unexpectedly passed away last year, after suffering from a heart attack, while on holiday in The Gambia with his wife, Jo.

The tragic news shocked and devastated his family and the local community.

A collection at Dave's funeral, and at the butchers on the Hatherley Road junction, has contributed towards the final £4,040.37 sum, which will be donated to the Kunkujang Keitaya Upper Basic School in The Gambia.

Daughter Amy Osborne, who has taken up the reins of the butchers, and her siblings also ran in last year's Bristol 10k and raised £1,700 for the project.

Dave, 55, had registered for the event after competing in the race in 2013, and was determined to beat his time.

The Gambia had a profound effect on the much-loved butcher after his initial visit to the country in 2013, and raising money for a local school is what he would have wanted, Amy previously told the Bishopston Voice.

Amy said: “The school is a short drive from the tourist area and is constantly striving for the best grades.

“The funds will help to build a much-needed staff administration building where teachers can mark work, prepare for classes and talk with students privately.

“The school has said that this will make a huge difference to the running of the school and the quality of teaching the students receive.”

Building work has already started on the project.

Head teacher at Kunkujang Keitaya Upper Basic School receiving the cheque for the projectHead teacher at Kunkujang Keitaya Upper Basic School
receiving the cheque for the project