Langa Township Pre-School Trust








The Trust


Right Reverend Dr Alan Smith, Bishop of St. Albans

Dr. Bob Parsons MBE

Gordon is a graduate of the universities of Cambridge and London. Now retired, he has worked as a Lecturer and Vice-Principal in further education, as a manager and director in British Standards Institution, as Director General of a British industrial federation and as Secretary General of a European organisation. He has been active in local politics and local church and voluntary work including school governorship and, until recently, chairmanship of DENS, the local charity for the homeless.





'The Trustees will apply the income of the Charity in the Township of Langa, Cape Town, South Africa to support the Dalukhanyo Pre-School, and any other pre-school initiatives in the Township, and any related community projects:

[A] by assistance such as materials, equipment and furnishings

[B] by direct financial assistance

[C] by the provision of financial services

[D] by undertaking any other service decided by the Trustees and not covered above'

Gordon Gaddes


Gordon Gaddes MA(Cantab), Bsc Econ, MA

Pamela Gaddes JP, Cert Ed

Sarah Pickles MA (Cantab), ACA

Pamela Gaddes

Sarah Pickles

Qualifying as a teacher at Homerton College Cambridge, Pam taught in primary schools during a 40-year period, as well as bringing up a family. Briefly a Borough Councillor, she served for sixteen years as a Justice of the Peace on the Dacorum (Hemel Hempstead) Bench, eight of which were as a Chairman. For many years she has been involved in voluntary work, particularly as Chair and later President of the Dacorum Relate and as Chair of the Hemel Hempstead Deanery Synod.

Sarah qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Young in 1989 and then worked for 5 years with ICI including a stint in Japan.  Since then she's been primarily the home bird with a brood of 4 children. enjoying fundraising for the local play group and school in the late 90's. More recently Sarah has been working in a local school library and has returned to an earlier interest in Africa, fostered whilst studying for her Geography degree.


The Trust Deed was signed in February 2011, following a visit by Pam and Gordon Gaddes to the Langa Township and Dalukhanyo Pre-school in Cape Town in November 2010.

Initially the Trust will raise funds for the Dalakhanyo Pre-school to help cover the cost of food, which is often the only nutritious meal that children receive regularly. Over the first year the food will be bought from Harvest of Hope, a major Townships’ micro-farm initiative in Cape Town. In this way the regular funding will have both a growing multiplier effect on the local economy and enable the Pre-school to put to other uses the money saved through the LTPT contribution.

There is a wider vision for much deeper support later, such as the funding of building extensions and this will be explored and planned for later in 2011.

The overall aim of the Trust is to provide annually and regularly financial support, which in UK terms is small but in Township financial terms is very significant. Trust administration will involve no costs on the Trust. The amount raised will depend upon the interest that the Trust arises, but it is hoped that a minimum contribution of £4000 annually will be made.

The Friends of Dalukhanyo will be those who make a financial contribution and who wish to receive periodic news about progress of the initiative. To promote the Trust a periodic newsletter and leaflets will be produced. The newsletter will be sent by e-mail or posted  to the Friends and it will aim to inform about the work, development, hopes and problems of the Dalukhanyo Pre-school in its Langa Township setting.

Supporters of the Trust may give one-off or regular donations. Gift Aid will be possible, whereby the standard tax payer in donating, say £10, benefits the Trust to the tune of £12-50.  Various other ways of raising money will be tested from time to time.