AN MP has urged Huddersfield schools to back a charity's bid to help poverty-stricken African schools.
The Christian African Relief Trust (Cart) has appealed for schools to give it unwanted furniture, which it will then send to Africa.
The Lockwood-based charity also needs thousands of pounds to send the items in large freight containers and has appealed to schools to raise money for them.
Each 40ft container costs about £5,000 to send.
Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman has backed the scheme and written to Kirklees Council's Education Director, Gavin Tonkin, asking his department to tell Cart about any school refurbishments which would result in unwanted furniture.
Cart has close links with several countries and has ways of making sure all its aid gets to the people who need it most.
Mr Sheerman said: "This amazing initiative is making a real difference on the ground in Africa, as well as helping the environment by re-using unwanted furniture.
"Cart has sent several containers to Zimbabwe, Zambia and Ghana, but is in desperate need of additional funding to send containers to Africa.
"I hope Huddersfield people will respond to Cart's calls for donations.
"At a time when Africa is high on the political agenda and in our thoughts, we should all dig deep to support this initiative."
* Any schools which can give furniture or help Cart in other ways should phone Gordon Dawson on 01484 311287.