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As a result of a holiday in 1997 the Glynn family established a unique charity in The Gambia – Gambia Tourist Support.  The simple aim was to create much needed employment and training opportunities for Gambian people, thus affording them the dignity of supporting their families.

Eventually, working with a local community, GTS was able to actually build a school, staff it with Gambian teachers and arrange the support of visiting volunteers,

Over time it became obvious that a second charity was needed whose aim would be to raise, manage and maintain funds for current and future educational projects by building a supportive membership.  Gambia Education and Teaching Support (GETS) was registered as a UK charity in 2004.  Since then we have supported the education of over 500 students by individual sponsorships, run a Nursery School in Bakoteh, administered projects on behalf of other charities working in Gambia and more recently, taken over the administration of an Education Centre in Bakoteh.

Francis Glynn, our founder, died in December 2011.  The trustees are committed to carrying on the work which he started.

GETS Trustees

What do we do?

We manage, implement and monitor a variety of educational projects in The Gambia, West Africa.  We meet regularly, usually via Skype, to discuss the various issues.  We are supported by a group of specialist advisors.

 Who are we?

Tony Nelson – Chairman and Sunrise Project Director

My background is as a senior manager with National UK Telecoms, Broadcasting and Radio Communications groups, but I have now retired after more than 30 years of service, working in network operations, infrastructure deployment projects and company change programmes. I’ve enjoyed a varied career and feel that it’s now time to put something back by helping those less fortunate. I am married (to Sue) with 3 grown-up children and 8 grandchildren, living in the Southampton area of England.

Following an invitation from my sister Rosie, one of the GETS advisors, I’ve enjoyed several holidays to The Gambia during the last couple of years. With my retirement, I now have available time and practical experience that I hope to lend to the charity with its various project challenges.

Paul Webster – Treasurer

I live in Wales with my wife, Dawn.  After gaining a Bsc.Econ at the London School of Economics I trained as an accountant, I am a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. As one of my hobbies, is bird-watching, I am in my element when visiting The Gambia.

Sue Nelson - Secretary

I am a mother of two sons and a daughter with eight grandchildren and another on the way! I was born in Brockham, Surrey and have lived also in Hampshire, Hereford, Cornwall, Oxford, Scotland, South Wales and finally back in Hampshire. I have been married to Tony for 35 years. Having worked for several years as a classroom assistant and special needs assistant in primary schools I gave up work to go and be a (very) mature student. I gained a BA and an MA in archaeology at the University of Southampton and now work for Wessex Archaeology based in Salisbury as supervisor of the Finds Department. My hobbies include reading, walking, bird-watching and spending time chatting to friends on Facebook. I am a committed Christian.

Dawn Webster Sponsorship Secretary and Primary Education Advisor

I am a retired teacher and live in Wales with my husband, Paul. After coming to live in Wales, I learnt Welsh then helped in a school where all the teaching is done in Welsh. As the majority of the children at the school came from non-Welsh speaking backgrounds this has helped me relate to the problems that Gambian children have receiving their education in English, both from the point of view of the student and the teacher.

Pat Taylor

I have a background in finance, governance and risk management having worked for over 30 years in the NHS, retiring from my post of Director of Finance in March 2013.  Since retiring I have continued to work part-time as a Non-Executive Director, as well as running a successful consultancy business, working mainly in the public sector.  I am a qualified accountant and a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.  I have also served as a Director of a multi-school academy in Darlington.
I am married to Geoff and we have two grown-up daughters and a son-in-law, and all five of us holiday in the Gambia each year.  Our first holiday to the Gambia was in 2007, and our first visit to Sunrise was in 2013, and we have been coming back ever since.  As a family we sponsor two girls in the lower school and have supported skills students as well.  We have been amazed at the work that is done by Sunrise and I am now able to offer further support through my skills and knowledge to the Trustees and very much look forward to helping in the continued development of the students, staff and the facilities of the GETS charity.



 Helen Touray – Our representative in Gambia

With a Human Resources background in both the public and private sectors, I made a life changing decision in 2008 and moved over to The Gambia to manage, on a voluntary basis, aspects of the charity’s operation in The Gambia.

I continue to follow the trials and tribulations of my local football team back on Merseyside, Tranmere Rovers, with regular updates from friends and family back home. Travelling the world has always been a passion of mine having visited Cuba, China, South America and other countries within Africa, to name but a few. However, for now, my suitcase lies empty and The Gambia with its people and culture is my passion.





Francis Glynn