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Overseas Aid for the Kids of Sierra Leone

The Oaks Story

OAKS charity evolved following a visit by Margaret Jarrett to see her grandmother Mabel in Sierra Leone during the closing days of the civil war. The post war levels of poverty and malnutrition, the lack of facilities and opportunity for the underprivileged galvanised Margaret into action. She bought a piece of bush land in a poor area of Tikonko Chiefdom, south of Bo Town and became determined to build a school for marginalised children. Education is the key to opportunity, everyone needs hope and a stake in the future.

Margaret is an evangelist and she wanted the school hall to be used as a place of worship on a Sunday to promote moral standards and help to foster good citizenship. Her dream is big and also includes future medical facility and small

Our Helping Hands

Father Francis Maple – The singing father.

OAKS was able to open its primary school in Bo Town, October 2007, in great part due to the selfless fundraising work of Father Francis, St Francis RC Church, Grosvener Street, Chester. He donated £5,000 in 2004 from a marathon walk, a further £1,000, the proceeds of a concert at St Columbo Church, Chester and later £25,000 which helped drive the completion of the school building.

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The Oaks Team

OAKS is a very small Charity with three Trustees, an Associate education adviser and an additional Committee of three dedicated supporters.

Margaret Jarrett

Mother of three, resides in Chester. Margaret founded OAKS charity in 2003 as a passionate response to her war torn country and now visits once a year.

Nic Phipps

Father of two, builder and developer on the Wirral. Introduced to OAKS in 2005, I am now the secretary and visit once a year, self funded.

Laurel Parkinson

Introduced to OAKS charity in 2009. Laurel is a teacher & now leads the educational programme, visiting for up to 9 weeks per year, self funded. Lives on the Wirral.

Anne Abernethy

Anne is a recently retired teacher who lives on the Wirral.  A gardener & also a keen dog lover.  She visits once or twice a year, self funded.

Andrew Smith

Andrew lives on the Wirral, a father of three.  He is the Managing Director of Andrew’s Estates.  He has visited the school at his own expense, 2014.  He is keen to support, promote and to fund raise.

Sue Reid

Lives in Chester, mother of four, grandmother of many. Been involved with OAKS charity since 2007.