Making A Difference

John Asher has helped organise a delivery of tiles for new schools in Kenya.
John Asher has helped organise a delivery of tiles for new schools in Kenya.

Three organisations have pooled their resources to aid the construction of three hospitals and two schools in Kenya. Asher Swimpool Centre, Topps Tiles and Spa Crest Europe worked together to ensure that a massive donation of 164 tonnes of tiles safely reached the country ahead of the building works.

John Asher, managing director of Asher Swimpool Centre is the founder of Trade-Aid, an international charity run by Grantham Kesteven Rotary Club. John secured the donation of wall, floor and ceiling tiles from Topps Tiles. However, the generous offer posed a transport challenge – to efficiently collect the haul of tiles from different warehouses across the UK, one at least 160 miles away from the charity’s base in Lincolnshire.

The pool trade is known for its charitable spirit and when Tony Welsby, director at Spa Crest Europe heard about the transport dilemma, he volunteered his company’s help. He organised staff and lifting equipment to load some 30 tonnes of the tiles into a 40 foot container in readiness for despatch to Kenya.

John Asher said: “We are thrilled with the huge donation from Topps Tiles and other supplies including bedding and hospital equipment from other donors, and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Tony Welsby for his superb help in completing this mammoth task – his team’s work has ensured that the construction of the hospital complex and schools will continue without disruption.”