Lending a helping hand to church’s Africa visit

We are proud to be involved in a project which is sending sports coaches from a local church in South Yorkshire to Zambia in Africa.

This month, football and sport coaches from Mexborough Life Church will head out to Mufulira, in the district of Kankoyo, Zambia, to coach children and organise football tournaments in the copper mining town.

Close Brothers Motor Finance, who we have a long standing relationship with, approached us about sponsoring the t-shirts that the children will wear during the organised tournaments. Our sponsorship will help to send 250 t-shirts out to Zambia.

The coaches will range from 18 to 50 years of age and they have all paid the £1600 fee off their own backs for the three-week trip, achieving this through a variety of fundraising activities including charity auctions and charity walks.

The project is organised by charity ‘Dare 2 Dream’ who aim to raise aspirations and improve life opportunities of children, young people and the wider community.

A selection of red, white, blue and green coloured t-shirts will be flown out with the coaches, who themselves will wear yellow t-shirts during the project. Both the John Holland and Close Brothers Motor Finance logos will feature on the t-shirts.

Mark Wall, branch manager for Close Brothers Motor Finance, said: “I contacted John Holland and they jumped at the opportunity to get involved.

“Their money has allowed us to send 250 shirts out to Zambia. The kids at the minute have to play in their school uniform because that’s all they have. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a lot of money, but it puts some new clothes on their backs to play in.”

Mr Wall’s son, Daniel, is one of the coaches going on the trip and we’re delighted to be able to help.

Our MD Mark Holland said: “We are delighted to be involved with this project, bringing sport to under privileged children in other parts of the world.

“As soon as Close Brothers approached us, we were eager get involved. We look forward to hearing all the stories from the Mexborough Life Church coaches when they return.”