A race is on by volunteers with the union’s humanitarian aid
charity (CWUHA) to raise money towards specially made beds for
orphans and abandoned children in a Bulgarian orphanage who are
sleeping on the floor in boxes.
Following a request that appeared in the union’s magazine the
Voice, CWU HQ’s Chris Bennett and Steve Fishwick are thanking
everyone who donated knitted children’s clothes for them to take
along to the youngsters they will see at Gradina in September when
the charity’s next convoy of essential aid heads for Bulgaria.
But since that appeal, they’ve received the official “wish list”
of basic needs as assessed by partner organisation Lora’s
Foundation, and after seeing heart rending photos of sick children
of all ages tightly packed into wooden boxes, Chris an
d Steve have teamed with fellow volunteers Francis Banks and
Richard Tribe from the South West Region on a mission to
buy 80 beds, water resistant breathable mattresses and
Owing to space constraints, the beds must be slightly smaller
than regular ones, and, as expected, the bespoke beds and
mattresses cost more than off-the-shelf ones. However, Chris is
grateful for the assistance he received from Stephen Eccles of
Mattison Contract Beds in Ipswich who will be manufacturing the
beds and mattresses for the children at a cost of £183.60
“When I saw the pictures of how the...