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Volunteering for Hope

5 April 2019

Cerys & Hayley enjoying a cuppa before starting work

During March, six of the Barwood Capital team volunteered at Northampton Hope Centre (‘Hope’), our chosen Charity of the Year. Hope were opening a “pop-up” charity shop in Northampton town centre and needed help sorting, steaming and labelling clothing and household items that had been donated.

The team, consisting of Hayley, Heather, Jill, Cerys and Guy Stevens volunteered over 2 days in their training facility, which was the collection point for the abundant amount of donations received over the last few months, and in the charity shop sorting through donations, steaming the garments and stocking the rails in the shop. It turns out Guy, our investment analyst, was quite the dab hand at steaming clothes!


Jill said “It’s great that Barwood are supporting this charity by allowing us to take time away from the office to volunteer. We also learnt so much about what else the charity does at its Centre in Northampton by the way of art therapy, cookery classes and interview coaching.  The Centre really is a safe place for those who are vulnerable in our town.   It was really rewarding to be able to make a visible contribution to such a worthwhile local charity.”

Once the shop had opened, our Chairman, Guy Brogden, went along for the day to help out. Guy said “It was a thoroughly enjoyable day, getting to know the other volunteers in the shop and learning about their background and how the Hope Charity has helped them get back on their feet”.


Guy Stevens modelling the clothing for sale

Hope is an anti-poverty charity that works to improve the lives of anyone affected by poverty, especially homelessness; through services, training, campaigning and advocacy. They were funded in 1974 and since that time have worked with tens of thousands of people in Northampton.

Hope is always very grateful to receive donations, from pasta and clothing to monetary donations. If you would like to donate, you can find more information here.