A CHARITY has been inundated with hundreds of football shirts from disenchanted Liverpool and Newcastle United fans following the transfers of Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll last week.
Andrew Trott, 20, is one of five students who send used kits to Africa through their charity Afrikit.
The charity has received 300 to 400 Liverpool shirts bearing the name of Fernando Torres following his £50m move to Chelsea. And Newcastle United fans have been donating shirts with Andy Carroll’s name on after his £35m move to Liverpool.
Andrew, of Gainsborough Road, Stamford, who is studying history and politics at Sheffield University said shirts began flooding in following a message on Twitter on Monday last week. A fan commented on people who had been burning their shirts, advising others to send them to Afrikit instead. Since then the charity has received more than 500 shirts and Andrew has appeared on Sky Sports News and the BBC.
Liverpool fan Andrew said: “It is very disappointing that Torres has left but every cloud has a silver lining and the silver lining in this case is that is going to be a lot of very happy African children wearing a Torres shirts.
“We are trying to bring some happiness to some of the poorest areas in Africa.”
Andrew runs the charity with friends Eliott Bryan, Jack Hands, Terry Denness and Rob Preston. It charity was founded in 2009 after Eliott visited a poor village in Kenya and witnessed youngsters’ passion for football.
Since then Afrikit has received 4,500 donations of shirts.
It is working with other charities in countries across Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, Sudan and Malawi. One charity is handing out shirts to youngsters attending a HIV and Aids education programme.
A bin for donated shirts will be available at Morrisons in Stamford from Monday. For more information go to www.afrikit.co.uk