A LEADING Evesham charity has opened a revamped warehouse unit to store shoeboxes for impoverished children in Eastern Europe this Christmas.
Teams4U, a charity encouraging residents to fill shoeboxes with stocking fillers for Romanian, Belarusian and Bosnian orphans, opened the new warehouse on Davies Road, on Saturday (October 8).
Dave Cooke, founder of Teams4U, MP Nigel Huddleston, Sue Amor, Deputy Mayor of Evesham, Coun Frances and John Smith and Bob James, Evesham area co-ordinator for Teams4U, all attended the event.
The charity, which celebrated its tenth anniversary last year, is calling for Vale residents to take part in its ‘Christmas Shoebox Appeal’, where they can donate educational and hygiene supplies, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, stationery, puzzles, gloves, hats, scarves, plastic utensils and soap.
Paul Jeanes, Teams4U volunteer and warehouse manager, said: “We’re just one of two warehouses in the UK collecting shoeboxes for the charity and on November 27, we’ll be holding a celebration as the lorry leaves the warehouse on course for Romania.
“Then myself and my wife Ali, along with other volunteers, will travel to Romania on Saturday, December 3 to help distribute the shoeboxes.”
Mr Cooke said: “I set up the charity because I wanted to give people the opportunity to help and to give more than just money.
“Teams4U is more than just teams. Teams help connect people to projects, however we’re also committed to working alongside our partners to develop real sustainable solutions for the future.”
Visit www.teams4u.com or e-mail Teams4uevesham@gmail.com for more information.