Football club asks locals to donate used trainers to help city’s homeless


A football club is asking locals to donate their used trainers to help Birmingham’s homeless population.

Alvechurch FC manager Ian Long has appealed for donations of old but usable adult trainers, jogging bottoms and backpacks to help Birmingham City Mission support the homeless.

Ian said: “Birmingham City Mission is a Christian Charity that does great work with homeless people of Birmingham. They work tirelessly throughout the night 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.”

Ian appealed to all – friends, relatives, supporters of the club and rivals alike – to contribute!

First delivery!

He said: “I’d like to think that over the years I’ve built up a few friends in football (as well as a few enemies!) and I’d like to put it out there to everyone we know.”

Representatives of the club delivered five black bags full of items to the Mission’s city centre Care Centre today (Wednesday 11th April) but would love to take more!

How to donate

Please box / bag up your donations and deliver to:

The Hayes Sports Field, Redditch Road, West Heath, Birmingham B38 8LP OR

Alvechurch FC, Lye Meadow, 53 Redditch Road, Alvechurch B48 7RS

Any queries or if you can help in any other way, contact Richard Thorndike on 07834 351696

Well done to all at Alvechurch FC and all who have supported their appeal so far! 👍🏻


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