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09 May 2017

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A Charitable Appeal run from RAF Shawbury has had an incredibly busy start to 2017, continuing its huge success.

The Taking Football to Africa and Beyond Charitable Appeal operates from the North Shropshire Airbase by Wing Commander Neil Hope MBE, assisted by Flight Lieutenant (Retired) Tony Kinchley and Flight Sergeant Louise Simpson. The Appeal began in 2006 and delivers ‘Aid through Football’ to less privileged youngsters and adults across the world. Since the Appeal began it has delivered over 160000 items including over 50000 football shirts to 53 countries worldwide.

In 2017, the Appeal has already made 8 deliveries to 6 countries – Kenya (x 3), Nepal (x2), South Africa, Uganda, Turkey and Syria. Those deliveries have included 2239 football shirts and a total of 10955 items providing the ability for youngsters and adults to partake in football – the global language. The aim of the deliveries is to give people football items to play with or use to gain essential items.

In addition to the deliveries that have already departed the team have recently been preparing another 3 forthcoming deliveries which should all depart in the next few weeks; to Kenya, Zambia and the USA. The USA delivery is kit for some servicemen to start up a League against US Military and local teams.

Many clubs and individuals from across the United Kingdom have donated items which are currently being delivered or stored. These include large recent donations from Shrewsbury Town FC, QPR FC, Leicester City FC, Everton, England (and the FA), Bristol Rovers Academy and many others.

The Appeal team are currently preparing for their next delivery visit which will take place over Christmas 2017 when a team of 12 Service and Civilian personal visit Kathmandu and Pokhara in Nepal. During the visit they will make deliveries assisted by the Gurkha Welfare Centre in Pokhara including in villages around the Annapurna Trail in the Himalayas.

Further details on the Appeal can be found at: under Shirts Appeal or News or through Neil at

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