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Avon Valley Student Collecting Football Kits to Send to Africa

A Year 10 student from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College is appealing for football shirts, shorts and boots which will be donated to a charity and sent to children in Africa.  

Apollo House student, Lily Saunders was inspired after hearing about the work of charity Boots2Africa while at Ipswich Town FC’s Portman Road, where she has been a season ticket holder for a number of years.

The charity recognises that millions of children across Africa do not have shoes and that thousands of children die needlessly because of illness caused from foot infections. Boots2Africa collects, transports and distributes donated boots, kits and accessories to Africa's children and young adults.

In 2018, the charity sent over 5,000 pairs of boots and around 16,000 items of football kit to benefit young people in 11 African countries.

Football mad Lily, who counts Ipswich’s shot-stopper Harry Wright as her favourite player, regularly plays in goal for Leicestershire side, East Goscote United Girls FC. As part of her appeal Lily asked her own team, along with a number of local clubs, if they will support her collection. The Avon Valley School’s PE department have also set up a collection box so that her classmates can donate and support her appeal.

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said: “This is a tremendous example of how kind and thoughtful our students are. Lily has gone out of her way to support Boots2Africa after learning about their work. Not only has Lily donated her own items but she is now inspiring others to donate theirs.”

More information about Boots2Africa can be found on their website: http://www.boots2africa.co.uk/home.html


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