Changing lives in Togo

Updated: 5 February 2016 at 12:47pm

For several years staff from our Phoenix Repairs Service, previously with Willmott Dixon, have been fundraising for the charity Dekamile to improve living conditions in the west African village of Agome Sevah. 

And now in response to our charitable efforts, Championship side Queens Park Rangers have donated over 500 items of much needed practical clothing through their charitable trust, QPR in the Community.

QPR’s gifts of sweatshirts, waterproofs, socks, shorts, shirts and more are now making its way to Africa on a shipping container with other supplies including building materials, ready for when Phoenix Repairs Service staff return to Togo later this year. Hundreds of local children will now be decked out in QPR strips to enjoy these new facilities.

The joint efforts follow the creation of our new in-house Phoenix Repairs Service back in April 2015 where operatives transferred from Willmott Dixon to us. The repairs staff had previously visited Agome Sevah in 2014 using their skills in wiring, plumbing and construction to build a new academy and playing fields, and we were very keen to continue to support the charity in partnership with Willmott Dixon.

Our fundraising is continuing and staff along with some of our partners have already raised £7,000 towards the next £13,000 goal. This will pay for extra rooms to be built at the school that include accommodation and a school canteen.

Chief Executive, Jim Ripley said: “We’re pleased to enjoy a really good ongoing relationship with Willmott Dixon and wanted to show our support for this life-changing charity. We’re grateful to everyone who has contributed so far, especially QPR for their enormously generous donation.

“Our aim at Phoenix is to work with residents to build a community where people are proud to live. It’s great that we can take this approach and help disadvantaged people thousands of miles away too.”