Coventry-based Wasps Rugby club are the latest organisation to respond to local charity Carriers of Hope, with the support of Coventry City Council, who are appealing to residents for donations of unwanted and unused clothing items.
Set up in 2009, Carriers of Hope is a charity set up to support refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in Coventry. Their latest drive is for clothes to support those arriving to the UK from Afghanistan.
Reacting to the call, Wasps Rugby has donated a vast range of brand-new clothing and merchandise, which is no longer required as a result of a rebrand, which includes a new logo designed to bring all elements of the club under one banner. Their donation includes t-shirts, jumpers and tracksuit bottoms.
The success of Carriers of Hope’s appeal was so great that further space was required to store the swathes of donations. Surplus donations are currently being housed in the former loading bay of Coventry IKEA, under a licensing agreement active from Friday 10th September, and running until Monday 8th November.
Speaking on Wasps Rugby’s commitment to standing by the community and helping those in need, Director of Wasps Community Foundation, Déirdre Fitzhugh, said:
“The Wasps Community Foundation has a long-established history of using the power of sport to create and deliver positive change within local communities. As a club, we’re incredibly proud to be supporting the Afghan nationals that have given up so much in pursuit of peace and a better life.”
Wasps Rugby’s efforts have drawn much praise. Carriers of Hope CEO, Sue Sampson, said: “We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the support we’ve received over the past few weeks from both Coventry’s residents and Wasps too… I would just like to say a massive thank you to Wasps for their generous donation and supporting those in the community who are most in need of it.”
Commending the support shown by Wasps, Deputy Leader for Coventry City Council, Councillor Abdul Salam Khan, applauded the united effort shown by local organisations in response to the crisis in Afghanistan.
“Wasps’ generous donation serves as a poignant reminder that it is our collective responsibility – as a nation – to help support those affected by this humanitarian crisis and on behalf of the Council I would like to thank Deidre Fitzhugh and the club, for their support and making this all possible.”
In a fast moving situation, needs are constantly changing. Carriers of Hope are regularly updating the kinds of donations they require on their Facebook pages; ‘Carriers of Hope’ and ‘Clothing Coventry’.
Requested Clothing items can be delivered to Clothing Coventry at 19, Napier St, CV1 5PR on Mondays to Wednesdays from 10.00am to 1.00pm.
Other publicised items can be delivered to Carriers of Hope at Unit 4B Lythalls Lane Industrial Estate CV6 6FL on Thursdays and Fridays from 9.30am to 1.00pm.
This follows news earlier this month that Wasps Rugby have officially opened the doors of their new Elite Performance and Innovation Centre – which it says gives the club one of the finest training complexes in English rugby.
The multi-million-pound centre at Henley-in-Arden will be the new home of Wasps’ men’s first team and academy.
It has taken six months to build the facility on the 13-acre site at a cost of £4 million, with the construction project completed by Warwickshire-based development partner Wigley Building & Development.
Staff and players have now started to use the facility as they prepare for the start of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby season on Saturday 25 September against Bristol Bears at Coventry Building Society Arena.
The Elite Performance and Innovation Centre will be Wasps first permanent training ground of its own since leaving Sudbury in 1999.