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Silsden support Sierra Leone charity trip

Tue 31st January 2017 | Silsden
By Ian Templeman

Silsden have donated kit and equipment to a team of volunteers heading to Sierra Leone.

The club first became aware of the trip through Silsden supporter Philip Smith, who is one of a team of volunteers from the locality making the trip to West Africa between April 8th and 23rd.

Philip is part of a team, led by Derek Smithson, visiting the country on a trip organised by Mission Direct, a charity that equips volunteers to join them for two-week overseas trips to build homes, schools/classrooms, hospitals and rescue centres in some of the world’s most unprivileged areas.

The group of Silsden volunteers also includes local Minister, Reverend David Griffiths, a West Brom supporter by birth, who now watches Bradford City and The Cobbydalers.

David has led several “services” at the Cobbydalers ground including carol services and the 1914 Memorial which honoured the Silsden Footballers who died at The Somme.

David is joined by his wife, Susan and children, Matthew, Andrew and Hannah. The team will be staying in Freetown for the first week and then at the coast for the second.

The team are spending the first week building at Waterloo Hospital and the second week helping to finish off a medical centre along with some Italian volunteers who are taking three local nurses back to Italy for two years of further training.

Silsden Press Officer Jim Rosser said: “Mission Direct supports a number of football teams in Sierra Leone. Youngsters in the country are passionate about football, some even digging a trench across a road so they have a flat area on which to play.             

“The volunteers came down to the recent Cobbydalers game against Widnes FC and were given two sets of Silsden AFC kit and some Junior Kits as well. It’s the third time the club have supported visits by the charity.   

“We also thought it would be a good idea to sound out our future opponents in the Hallmark Security League to see if any other teams could donate any spare kit, boots shin-pads etc.

“If so, please either bring items to Silsden when you play here or we will pick them up on our visit to you”.

The picture shows from left to right: Phillip Smith, John Lohan (Silsden Sports Club Chairman) Barry Thomas (Silsden AFC President), Derek Smithson, Sean McNulty (Silsden AFC Chairman) Rev. David Griffiths.

More information on the work carried out by Mission Direct can be found by clicking here.