James Brown and his family from Northampton are being helped by Europa Warehouse with their project to collect old clothing.
James is a warehouse operative and regularly travels to Mombasa in Kenya with his family.
On his trips James takes donated clothes and other essentials to families in need. His clothing collection is being boosted by colleagues at Europa.
We now have a pilot clothing collection at both our Birmingham and Northampton sites. Our 120 staff at these two sites will be able to donate clothing to support James’s initiative.
James has worked at Europa Warehouse in Grange Park, Northampton for 13 years. His wife Michelle comments “My parents first started visiting Kenya 17 years ago when they retired, and met a chap on the beach who offered to take them on a tour of the local area, including his village.
James continues “It became obvious that the people in the village could do a helping hand, and that lots of charity collections don’t get to where we would want them to go. So, we decided to take what we could in our suitcases.
“Any clothes we collect, we take to the two villages. This ranges from reasonably smart clothes for going to work/ interviews (particularly important now tourism has dropped), to children’s clothes and football kits. Anything is welcome, because they are so grateful that somebody is thinking of them, from half way round the world. Hard wearing clothes and shoes are particularly useful.”
Maria Torrent-March, Logistics Director at Europa Warehouse added “This is a fantastic initiative. James and his family do an amazing job. They are not a charity – this is just something they do personally so we’re delighted to Europa is able to support them.”
Carl Potter, HR and Facilities Director at Europa, added: “Charity work is incredibly important to us at Europa and we’re passionate about supporting causes close to the hearts of our employees.”