We were very honoured to be chosen by Preston North End and Sir Tom’s family to receive all of the shirts which were left at Deepdale in his memory. The club arranged for all of the shirts to be laundered and they are due to be collected soon, in time for our next sorting and boxing session on 27 September. It is a fitting tribute that Sir Tom’s shirts will bring joy to so many people who love the beautiful game.
Thursday, 7 August 2014
We were very fortunate to receive a donation of fantastic training kit from Manchester United recently from their training complex at Carrignton. Some of the kit has now found its way to a massive refugee camp in Northern Uganda which houses 100,000 displaced people who have fled South Sudan.
The kit was taken out for us by the Watford based charity, Eagles Wings and it was delivered by their founder, Bruce Oliver. He explained that many of the people have no possessions and there is nothing to do for the thousands of young people. The kits are now being used as part of a football project where teams wear it in inter zone matches and play tournaments.
As we say, it really is more than just a shirt as it brings hope where little exists. Thanks to the kit managers at Carrington who kindly sorted and helped get it to us.
We had a great time at the WFC Open Day and really appreciate the support from the club. We received a lot of shirts on the day, mainly Hornets ones, as well as some great training kit from the club. We also met a lot of fans and explained how we work and who we are. A lot already knew of us which is encouraging and the retweets by the club certainly helped with this.
Many thanks to all of the fans who donated shirts and to Alex Ashby who is one of the main organisers. Good luck for the new season, COYH.