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Phoenix and Willmott Dixon team up to change lives in Togo

Phoenix and Willmott Dixon team up to change lives in Togo

Young people in a deprived Togo village will benefit from new sports kit after a housing association and housing contractor secured the support of a major football side.

 Phoenix Community Housing and Willmott Dixon Partnerships (WDP) have been fundraising for the charity Dekamile to improve living conditions in the west African village of Agome Sevah. Those efforts have now been supported by Championship side Queens Park Rangers, who have donated over 500 items of much needed practical clothing through their charitable trust, QPR in the Community.

 The joint efforts follow Phoenix’s creation of a new in-house Phoenix Repairs Service, many of whose staff came over from WDP through ‘TUPE’ arrangements following the completion of its contract with Phoenix in March 2015. 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 Phoenix wanted to continue to support the charity in partnership with WDP.

 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.

 Fundraising efforts are continuing at Phoenix. Staff and partners have already raised £7,000 towards the next £13,000 goal, to pay for extra rooms to be built at the school that include accommodation and a school canteen.

 Phoenix Chief Executive, Jim Ripley said: “We’re pleased to enjoy a really good ongoing relationship with WDP 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.”