Published Tuesday, 28 September 2021
Wasps have become the latest to respond to a Coventry charity’s appeal to donate unwanted and unused clothing items.
The team has donated a range of brand-new clothing and merchandise, which it no longer needs after updating its logo as part of a move to bring all elements of the club under one banner.
The stock has been donated to Carriers of Hope, which recently launched an appeal with support from Coventry City Council, asking residents to donate any unwanted and unused clothing items.
The success of the initial appeal left Carriers of Hope inundated with a large volume of generous donations that meant more space was needed.
Eager to support the appeal, Wasps are generously donating a large quantity of surplus kit to support incoming Afghan arrivals, with items including t-shirts, jumpers and tracksuit bottoms.
The surplus kit will be housed temporarily with the rest of Carriers of Hope extra donations, in the former IKEA Coventry loading bay.
This will not affect other occupants of the building, with the licensing agreement active from Friday 10 September and ending on 8 November.
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.
He said: “Coventry’s foundations are firmly rooted in our ability to collectively support one another – and strangers – in both times of peace and peril.
“With Coventry’s businesses unifying in support of Afghan arrivals, it signals to the rest of the country that Coventry remains steadfast in its commitment and will continue to lead the way in supporting those who face life-threatening circumstances.
“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”.
Deidre Fitzhugh, Director of Wasps Community Foundation, said Wasps are committed to standing by the community and doing what is right for those in need.
“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.”
Sue Sampson, CEO of Carriers of Hope, 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.
“It’s been a busy few weeks here at Carriers of Hope, so much so that we’ve had to start a new charity as part of Carriers of Hope called Clothing Coventry to help deal with the demand.
“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.
“I would also like to say thank you to those within the community who have supported us so far and continue support us in this ongoing situation, we are overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity and very much appreciative of the support given to us”.
In a fast moving situation needs are constantly changing, Carriers of Hope are regularly updating the kind of donations they need on their Carriers of Hope and Clothing Coventry Facebook pages; and on their website.
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 to Carriers of Hope at Unit 4B Lythalls Lane Industrial Estate CV6 6FL on Thursdays and Fridays from 9.30am to 1.00pm.