A plumber is to return to The Gambia two years after a previous trip to improve hospital sanitation.
Holmfirth workman Mark Antrobus has been very busy since his trip to the West African country in January 2014, and has even had a role in the DIY SOS appearance of Holmbridge couple Richard and Jude Ford.
Mark, whose company Millside Heating provided the new boiler for stroke victim Richard Ford, is a trustee for the BPEC charity, which provide training and improve heating, water and plumbing systems for vulnerable people around the world.
Mark, 52, will be taking another trip to the country on January 6 - two years after his previous visit - to visit Bansang Hospital.
The plumber plans to oversee improvement of the hospital’s plumbing and sanitation systems and look for ways to keep the project sustainable.
Mark said: “I am looking forward to heading back out there. This time I’ll be going out with another trustee from BPEC, Neil Collishaw.
“We’ll be seeing what has been improved and how we can continue to improve.
“We’re also going to build a new training centre so the community can learn how to sustain better systems and sanitation.”
BPEC, which stands for British Plumbing Employers Council, is a commercial organisation which also has a charity running projects in developing countries such as Malawi and Mozambique.
Mark’s charitable deeds have also been carried out at home, after he helped contribute to Richard Ford’s home makeover last month.
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Mark said: “I got involved when the BBC were looking for materials for the makeover.
“I helped source the Fords’ new boiler and installed an energy management system which Richard can now operate through his iPad.
“Since the film crew moved out I’ve been over a few times to sort out little problems. It’s worked really well and we managed to reduce the family’s gas bills by 40%, so I’m very happy I helped.
“I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was very worthwhile.”