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Sports Kits are Africa Bound

Orphans at a children’s home in Kenya will soon be able to play football thanks to donations from two Hethersett sports clubs. 

Hethersett Athletic Football Club and Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club have sent unwanted shirts, shorts and socks to the Divine Providence Children’s Home in Kakamega, Kenya. 

The home looks after abandoned children and currently has 80 orphans ranging in age from babies to 16-year-olds. 

The clubs became aware of the orphanage through Sue Buffin who lives in Little Melton. Sue is involved with both clubs and her twin sons – Liam and Adam – have together played over 250 games for Hethersett Athletic and are currently regulars in the Under-15 team. Sue is pictured above with some of the shirts.

Sue heard through a friend that a British health worker in Kenya was appealing for toys and other items for the home. The response was a collection of unwanted kit which Sue augmented by donating 20 footballs with the word Norwich on them. 

“It’s nice to be able to do something, however small, to help these children who have very little,” Sue said. 

Sue has already been in contact with the home and has a long letter in response from Kenya. The clubs are hoping to keep in touch with the home and receive photographs of the youngsters with their new gifts.