Aston Villa fan who works for Gloucestershire housebuilder set for African adventure
By James Young | 13th December 2019
An aspiring photographer who works for a housebuilder in Bishop's Cleeve will take his talents to Kenya as he helps re-build classrooms thanks to his favourite football team.
Aston Villa fan Alex Perkins who works as a photographer and videographer at Bovis Homes will spend eight days in Nakuru thanks to the Premier League Club's Foundation.
The 20-year-old who uses his skills to showcase Bovis developments across the country will improve school facilities and coach football while in the town, three hours from Nairobi.
The trip is taking place thanks to a partnership between Aston Villa and African adventures with Alex using his camera skills to document the eight-day adventure.
He said: "Through my role at Bovis Homes, I have developed my camera skills - running photoshoots and videos at our locations throughout England,"
"Bovis Homes has given me a fantastic opportunity at the company, which I am trying to grab with both hands, and this trip to Kenya will provide even more experience.
"As an Aston Villa fan, I found out about the trip on LinkedIn, and knew straight away I should do it.
"I travel to places around the world to capture unique photographs and videos and I wanted to visit Africa next.
"I really want to help the school in any way I can - and with my career at Bovis Homes, and support for Villa, helping to build classrooms through the club's initiative sounded perfect.
"With overcrowding an issue at the school, improved facilities are needed to accommodate growing numbers and create more learning spaces.
"We will take part in painting, moulding bricks, and assisting with
the build of school facilities."
The Villa fans will assist teachers with lessons for children aged 3-17, which includes reading stories, preparing meals and playing games.
They will also take part in home visits to experience day-to-day life in Nakuru. Alex, who has worked at Bovis Homes for nearly three years, bought his first camera aged 13.
The housebuilder will contribute towards Alex's fundraising - as he seeks to raise £2,000 for the trip.
He will also hold a raffle with prizes including a photo shoot and one of his framed photographs.
Sharon Nash, regional marketing manager at Bovis Homes, said: "Alex is a valued member of the communications team at Bovis Homes and we are delighted to support his contribution to improve the facilities at a Kenyan school.
"We wish him all the best for his adventure and look forward to seeing his photographs and video - which we know will be wonderful, given the quality of his work at Bovis Homes."
Alex will take part on Aston Villa Foundation's 2020 Trip to Kenya in October next year. To donate towards his trip, visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AlexPerkinsKenya.
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