Investigo and Fulham FC collect clothes and shoes for refugee charity
Investigo Ltd and Fulham FC have donated a range of clothes and shoes to the charity, Donate4Refugees.
Investigo employee, Ben Reed, contacted the club about the work the company was doing with the charity. Reed had reached out to his Club on-spec and said he was completely “blown away” by their response and generosity when he met with Parker to receive the donations.
The Club donated nearly 70 pairs of much-needed shoes, and hundreds of shirts, trousers, socks and other kit. Reed, together with Donate4Refugees founder, Amber Bauer, who both undertake aid runs to Europe’s Refugee Camps, will ensure the kit reaches those who need it most.
Bauer commented, “There are the tens of thousands of refugee children and adults across Europe who are surviving in camps, squats, and on the streets in below-freezing temperatures. This generous donation from Fulham FC of kits – long trousers, shirts and warm socks – will provide much needed layers, warmth and comfort to hundreds.”
Reed has a specific destination in mind for the donated shoes though. He will be taking them to the Dunkirk camp himself next week. On his first visit to Dunkirk Reed recalled, “One young man managed to get hold of a pair of shoes we were donating; an old pair of astroturf trainers from someone in my office. This young man held on to them and smiled like he’d been given a bar of gold. As I looked to his feet I understood why. His own shoes were a very old pair of plimsoles made into makeshift sandals by pushing the backs down so he could squeeze his feet into them. They were at least three sizes too small.”
This image stayed with Reed and his resolve to return with some decent shoes for the camp residents was set. Fulham FC’s generous contribution has meant Reed can do the trip a month earlier than he’d planned and he’s delighted.
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