Thursday, 8 December 2011

All Done In HIS Name

Yesterday I found this story on the BBC website [click here] and it is so inspiring that I wanted to share it.

Richard Humphreys, who has run a Christian charity in Lincolnshire called ‘HIS Church’ for the last six years, has managed to convince 90% of British Trading Standards authorities to hand over all the fake designer clothes they seize to them.

Using commercial embroidery machines [also seized from the counterfeiters and given to HIS by BTS] they can rebrand the items – and then give them away to the needy.

HIS church embroidere dlogo

How creative is that?

What an amazing, practical demonstration of Christian love.

The ‘virtuous circle’

Read more about what Richard has done here

In Norfolk, the Salvation Army in Yarmouth are benefitting from these rebranded clothes. Over the past 12 months Norfolk Trading Standards has seized counterfeit goods worth tens of thousands of pounds.

"There is a thriving undercurrent economy here, which in the present economic climate will get worse," said Ann Jackson, senior officer with Norfolk Trading Standards."We're very keen to make sure these goods are used in an appropriate way and we see this as a win-win situation for the good guys - ourselves and the charities that are receiving - and a no-win for those who are trying to sell these goods."

hIS staff

Richard says

“It would be a greater crime to throw the clothes away than it was to make them in the first place”

There’s a man who understands the meaning of James 2:15-17

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.


  1. How wonderful to know that the clothes are being used so well.

  2. I have nominated you for a Liebster Award on my blog x

  3. Wow, that really made me smile, it is great to see something being reused rather than destroyed

  4. I shall use that in my tutor time assembly - I found the youtube video to show them

  5. Well done Richard! Brilliantly simple way to deal with counterfeit goods of the clothing kind!

    By the way, I have some lengths of fabric that Sis gave me to make some skirts etc and I won't be able to use, would you like them for you and or the sewing club? Let me know.

    Have a lovely weekend,

    Sandie xx


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