Glossop charity worker Phill Booth has been on a mission to deliver a very important Christmas present. The man behind English Effort to End Poverty (EETEP), a charity which works with poverty-stricken families in Bosnia, took a much-needed motability scooter to a disabled teenager. The scooter will help 19-year-old Merima, who is housebound, to get out and be able to leave her home in Republika Serbska.
Father of three, Phill, said her mother cried tears of joy when presented with the scooter which will change her daughter's life. Peter Mitchell of The Wheelchair Centre in Audenshaw donated the motability aid after hearing about Phill's aid organisation.
Thanks: Phill, left, with Peter Mitchell (top, right). Phill from Chapel Street said: “I went in, as I already had one that didn't work properly, to ask if he could repair it. I got talking to him about what I was doing and he said he would try and sort something out. A week later he phoned and said 'come down I've got one here'.”
Phill is desperately in need of fundraisers and sponsors as he currently pays for much of the aid work himself. On his latest visit to the war-torn region he continued his efforts to help rebuild houses for families in desperate need. He replaced windows, doors and carried out plastering for a family in Cracanica and replaced a bathroom suite for a family in Dzakola. He also delivered food parcels to a further four families.
He said: “We will continue our work in Bosnia, but it would be nice not having to pull my credit card out every time we have a problem.”
Story by Faye Adams - with thanks to the Glossop Chronicle Newspaper for granting permission to reprint this article. If anybody would like to help Phill or would like more information on EETEP Aid organisation they can contact him on 07766657426 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.