23rd Mar, 2019

Football club on a mission for old trainers to help the homeless

Correspondent 16th Apr, 2018

ALVECHURCH FC are asking for sports lovers to step up to the challenge to help the homeless.

Manager Ian Long and chairman Richard Thorndike are spearheading a campaign by the promotion-chasing Lye Meadow club to collect trainers, jogging bottoms and back packs to donate to the Birmingham City Mission.

The charity, formed in 1966 to help the needy, will give the items to the homeless.

“Birmingham City Mission is a Christian charity that does great work with homeless people,” said Mr Long. “It’s a great cause. They work tirelessly 365 days of the year, helping some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

“Anyone linked with football will have accumulated old pairs of trainers over the years and as long as they have laces and are not split, they can be put to good use. The charity has also asked for any old jogging bottoms and back packs but the main requirement is for old trainers.”

Any items can be dropped at Alvechurch’s HQ at Lye Meadow or the Hayes Sports Field or at the City Mission in 8-10 Washington Street in Birmingham.

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