Monday, 3 March 2014

Shelterbox is our charity of the year

Small, well-presented, with development potential and a pleasing outlook. That might be how Hus Estate Agents would describe  Shelterbox because they’ve chosen them as their charity of the year.
At first glance there doesn’t seem to be much to connect a firm of estate agents with ShelterBox. But they are both, in a way, in the business of putting roofs over people’s heads. 
Granted, Hus Estate Agents may be just a little envious of ShelterBox’s numbers – providing homes for thousands of families worldwide in the last few months alone. But as many people know, ShelterBox only steps in when bricks and mortar have failed, providing emergency shelter after disasters such as earthquakes, floods and typhoons

A picture of a child standing behind a Shelterbox box

The good people at Hus have made the connection, and generously decided to support ShelterBox’s work for a whole year with a mix of regular donations and fundraising events.  
Felix Billington director of Hus says, ‘We liked the idea of supporting a locally-based charity that does such fantastic work on a global scale. The disaster relief support that ShelterBox provides makes a real impact to communities in need and is something we should all champion and be proud to support.’
In addition to a monthly donation the Hus team is planning on taking part in ShelterBox’s Dartmoor Challenge. There may also be a charity rally, a racketball competition (Hus director Peter Madsen organises the county racketball championships), and a sponsored run or swim (another director Will Tyas is a keen marathon runner). 
Felix Billington adds, ‘Having lived and worked abroad in developing countries and seen the devastating effects of some natural disasters first hand, supporting ShelterBox was an obvious choice for me. No other charity works as hard or as broadly to support those who are often forgotten by the international community. They truly make a difference to those most in need and we are very proud to support them and their work.’

Photograph used with permission.

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