Pump fund reaches £3k

PUBLISHED: 01:01 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:50 10 June 2010

A unique scheme to combine work and play to bring water to poverty-stricken African communities is reaping the benefits as the family of Lympstone man Tony Clark continue his fundraising efforts after his untimely death. Co-owner of the Eaton-Terry Clark

A unique scheme to combine work and play to bring water to poverty-stricken African communities is reaping the benefits as the family of Lympstone man Tony Clark continue his fundraising efforts after his untimely death.Co-owner of the Eaton-Terry Clark property managers, Tony died in August last year, before completing his aim of funding a 'play pump' for Africa.The play pump scheme cleverly uses a child's roundabout to power a water pump - giving kids a rare chance to play on proper equipment, while using their energy to boost vital water supplies.Former Lympstone councillor Tony and wife Jenny became interested in the scheme some years ago, and decided to embark on fundraising after viewing a pump at Crealy Park, an official sponsor of the scheme.Now Jenny, of Longmeadow Road, Lympstone, is determined to continue charitable efforts in her husband's memory and has established the Clark Play-Pump Fund. Herself a former councillor and chair of the village Youth Club, Jenny said: "Although it has not been decided in which country to build the pump, we are investigating the options of installing one in rural Kenya, where Tony worked with the Royal Marines in 2004. He was deeply moved by the warmth and the poverty of the local people."More than £1,200 was collected for the fund at Tony's funeral, attended by 200 people, while a sale at Tony's son's Exeter school raised £300. Individual donations have boosted the total to around £3,000 - well on the way to the £8,000 needed to provide a pump.The next charity event takes place at the Saddlers Arms, Lympstone, next Thursday, February 21. The pub will host a quiz at 9.30pm, with teams of four invited to play for £1 per person.Anyone interested in helping the Clark Fund can contact Jenny Clark at Eaton-Terry Clark in Rolle Street, Exmouth, on (01395) 274292.

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