Football shirts spreading help around the world

If you’ve got a football fanatic at home chances are there’s the odd unwanted football shirt lying around.

Now these cast-off glories can be used to help give an education to disadvantaged children across the globe.

Pitch In! has been launched by Douglas Mercer & Son and is an appeal to local residents to delve into their drawers and find any old kit they no longer need and bring it to the St Leonards Road branch.

Once collated, the Douglas Mercer & Son team will give the football tops to leading UK charity Kits4Causes, an organisation which aims to help as many education projects around the world as possible to achieve their goals through the use of football and donated football kits.

Since its launch, Kits4Causes has worked with over 50 international aid organisations in 26 different countries, distributing UK-donated football kits to 27,000 people worldwide. Believing that a shared passion for football enables communities with different social and cultural ideals to come together, the charity uses this vision to help deliver education projects in some of the poorest nations on earth.

Those wishing to donate are asked to check items are clean and in good condition before putting them into a bag and dropping it off.

Funeral manager Rebecca Harland said: “Given that the World Cup is just around the corner and Bexhill is a town full of football fans and football clubs, we thought we would challenge local residents to Pitch In! and see how many football shirts we can collect.”

For further information, visit the branch at 40 St. Leonards Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, TN40 1JB and speak to a member of the team, call 01424 219 948 or visit