Military personnel from RAF Brize Norton have donated more than 130 football shirts to underprivileged children in some of the poorest countries in West Africa.
The Joint Air Delivery Test and Evaluation Unit, based at RAF Brize Norton, handed over the shirts to charity KitAid on Thursday after kicking off their campaign with a 6-a-side Football Tournament in October last year.
KitAid gives a new home to once loved football kits by distributing them to those most in need of clothing donations in some of the poorest parts of the world.
Personnel at JADTEU and Carterton Town FC have all donated kits to the charity’s collection.
Flying Officer Gavin Walker said: “I have been amazed at the level of generosity of my colleagues at JADTEU who have sourced kits, boots and shin pads from not only their own homes, but from friends and family as well.”
John Maxwell, the regional coordinator for KitAid, said: “I am extremely grateful for the help from RAF Brize Norton.
“I personally take the kit to West Africa and it is very much appreciated; I still see the same kits being worn by children from my very first donation delivery over seven years ago.”
– Owen Hughes