Filby teen is on the ball for good cause

A GENEROUS teen has stock piled a colourful collection of football shirts to donate to needy youngsters in Africa - and is appealing for more.

Kate Webb is among a group of youngsters travelling to Nairobi next week to visit primary school pupils in one of the country's most deprived areas, and has gathered together an array of football strips to hand out as gifts.

The Flegg High student from Filby has collected more than 40 shirts representing teams from across the globe and will be travelling with pupils from Acle High, Cliff Park High and Methwold High School in Thetford when she heads to Africa on Friday.

The Norfolk students annually raise money to feed pupils at three Nairobi primary schools and will be seeing where their money goes and how it helps during their 11-day trip, as well as teaching and working in the African community.

All the students fundraise to help pay for their trip and Kate, 16, has organised events such as jumble sales to boost the travel coffers.

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But she also decided to collect second hand shirts to hand out to the football-fanatic youngsters along with pens, pencils and stationery, including a generous donation from Norwich Office Supplies.

Daniel Coombes, art teacher at Flegg High, is among the teachers who will be accompanying the students.

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He said: 'We take art and sports equipment for the children out there and they go absolutely mad for football shirts. They really idolise all the famous footballers so to be able to get a shirt is a big thing for them, it's probably the best thing you can take over there for their enjoyment.

'The students come back with new qualities and a real drive for life. They learn a lot from the experience so it helps both ways.'

Kate said she was looking forward to 'everything' about the 'once in a lifetime' trip.

'It will be interesting to see how it all works and how different it is,' she added.

? Donated football shirts can be dropped off at Flegg High, Somerton Road, Great Yarmouth until Tuesday, July 3.

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