A community in Africa is now drinking clean water thanks to the kind efforts of care home staff and residents.

The team at The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court care homes in Braintree have helped oversee the installation of water pump in a village in Zimbabwe after they invested in a programme run by the Africa Trust.

The £120 investment means more than 300 villagers have access to clean and safe drinking water.

Julia Clinton, CEO of Sonnet Care Homes, which runs the two care homes, said: “Our staff and residents are pleased to have been able to support this life-saving charity.

"In the UK we take clean drinking water for granted and we are thrilled to see the photo of the well we sponsored which will much such a difference to the lives of people who are much less fortunate."

The new equipment, called an Elephant Pump, is described as a modified version of a water pump based on the 'Chinese rope pulley system'.

It was installed by the Africa Trust along with the help of the locals, who were shown how to use their new pump once it was completed.