Vol­un­teer is made char­ity chief

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

A CHAR­ITY vol­un­teer who has helped peo­ple sur­vive in­ter­na­tional dis­as­ters has been named its new chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Chris Warham, from Adling­ton, be­gan work­ing with Shel­terBox in 2011.

He was trained by the dis­as­ter relief char­ity to be flown any­where in the world to dis­trib­ute boxes which sup­ply fam­i­lies with a tent and life­sav­ing equip­ment such as so­lar light­ing and wa­ter fil­tra­tion.

Chris, 55, was posted to the Philip­pines to help in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan and the Re­pub­lic of Congo af­ter a dev­as­tat­ing ex­plo­sion.

He later be­came a trus­tee of Shel­terBox and has now been named its in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Chris said: “Lead­ing Shel­terBox is not just a job for me – I am pas­sion­ate and in­cred­i­bly proud of the work we do. I have per­son­ally de­liv­ered aid in a num­ber of coun­tries and seen the im­pact that the gift of shel­ter has on fam­i­lies.

“Al­ways my over­whelm­ing sense is that they are fam­i­lies just like our own – but fac­ing the most ex­tra­or­di­nary chal­lenges that we can never re­ally grasp.”

Today Shel­terBox is op­er­at­ing in Fiji fol­low­ing Cy­clone Win­ston – the big­gest cy­clone ever to hit land in the south­ern hemi­sphere – and work­ing with refugees from Syria.

Chris, a for­mer manag­ing di­rec­tor of a Mac­cles­field pub­lic re­la­tions com­pany, said that with 60 mil­lion dis­placed peo­ple across the world there is more need for emer­gency shel­ter now than at any time since the Sec­ond World War.

He said: “We get fan­tas­tic sup­port from the peo­ple of the Mac­cles­field area. Prest­bury and Fal­li­b­roome schools as well as Poyn­ton Scouts, Rainow cubs, and WI as well as Holy Trin­ity Hurds­field Church.”

●● Above: The Ar­dennes town of Haybes, which was helped by Poyn­ton dur­ing the First World War. Left: Twin­ning As­so­ci­a­tion of Poyn­ton chair­woman Su­san War­ring­ton with Haybes Mayor Benoît Son­net

●● Chris Warham is the new chief ex­ec­u­tive of dis­as­ter relief char­ity Shel­terBox

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