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03 January 2017

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SHROPSHIRE BASED FOOTBALL APPEAL REACHES NEW HIGHS

A successful Charitable Appeal which delivers ‘Aid through Football’ based in North Shropshire has had its most successful year yet.

The Taking Football to Africa and Beyond Charitable Appeal is based at RAF Shawbury and is run by Wing Commander Neil Hope MBE, Flight Sergeant Louise Simpson and Mr (Flight Lieutenant Retired) Tony Kinchley. The Appeal began in 2006 collects unwanted and donated football kits and other items, such as school uniform, from all over the United Kingdom and redistributes them to countries across the world.

Football To Africa

Since the Appeal began it has delivered over 154000 items including over 48000 football shirts to children and adults in 53 countries worldwide. Kits are donated by clubs and people across the country including England and The FA, Manchester United, Leicester City, Everton and QPR, amongst others. Many clubs at Grassroots level also contribute to the Appeal including huge assistance from various County Football Associations, especially those at Sheffield & Hallamshire FA, Hampshire FA and many others. Local Shropshire clubs also regularly donate to the Appeal including AFC Telford United, Shifnal Harriers and many major donations from Shrewsbury Town FC.

During 2016 the Appeal has made a total of 26 deliveries across the world with the vast majority going to Kenya in preparation of the team delivery visit which took place in October and delivered over 15000 items to 53 different clubs and schools. In total 22794 items were delivered worldwide in 2016 including 6293 football shirts. Items were delivered to Kenya, Nepal, Cuba, Cameroon, Zambia, South Korea, Uganda, Belarus, Romania, Nigeria, Brazil and Mexico.

Football To Africa

Neil said, ‘I am amazed at the generous donations of kit that we receive. When the kit is distributed you can see the incredible joy of those receiving the items. In late 2017 we will complete our first full delivery visit to Nepal with a team of 14 people delivering through the Ghurkha Welfare Scheme in Kathmandu, Pokhara and the foothills of the Himalayas. We will continue to deliver to other countries worldwide and boxes will depart early in the New Year for Kenya and Nepal.’

Note: Neil can be contacted at neil.hope999@btopenworld.com for further information.

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