Spare t-shirts from School Games events held across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have been donated to a primary school in Africa.

Amongst his many roles in the Royal Air Force, Wing Commander Neil Hope MBE VR is an Organiser for RAF FA Taking Football to Africa and Beyond Charitable Appeal. Using his connection with a primary and secondary school in Kenya, spare t-shirts from School Games events have been donated to pupils by Armed Forces personnel through the Appeal based at RAF Shawbury.

Emmah Karanja, school administrator at the Kibagare Good News Centre in Kibagare Slum, Kenya, said to Neil:

“I take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for bringing visitors to the school. We appreciate very much the clothes and everything else that was brought to us. All the clothes were given to the children which made them very happy.”  

Sean McCarthy, Leisure Projects Officer and Armed Forces Covenant Lead at Shropshire Council, said:

“It’s great that we’re able to support RAF FA’s Taking Football to Africa and Beyond Charitable Appeal. These t-shirts were no longer needed for the School Games programme so it’s good to see that they are being put to good use. This isn’t the first time Energize STW and Shropshire Council have supported this appeal; we have previously provided other clothing and sports equipment.”

Jake Jones, Active Lives Officer at Energize STW, said:

“It is great to see our School Games t-shirts being used by pupils over in Kenya. We will continue to provide the Armed Forces with spare t-shirts for as long as the School Games programme continues.”