KitAid Founder, Derrick Williams MBE and Trustee, Janet Neville, met up with our new Ambassador, Mary HD and her publicist Lorraine Worsley Carter MBE DL in Manchester recently.

It was an excellent meeting with lots of discussion about how Mary HD can promote KitAid to her followers from the music and fashion world. Lorraine, who runs the Countess Publicist agency is representing Mary but has a strong interest in our work and is happy to support KitAid as well.

For more information about Mary HD you can find her on all social media sites and there is also a profile on our website. We are really pleased to be working with Maryand we look forward to reaching out to an audience who would not otherwise know about KitAid.

A perfect partnership and one which will flourish over the coming years.

The new Thank You certificates are now back from our printers and ready to hand out to everyone who supports KitAid in 2020.

They look great and even better when framed and hanging with pride on a clubhouse or school wall. To become a member of this exclusive club simply donate a decent amount of kit or go that extra mile to support our work.

We would like to thank our designer, Carole Parsons, for her work, but also for taking on the job while on holiday in New Zealand.

To any Regional Helpers who have not yet received your batch of certificates in the post, please let us know.

It was with great sadness that we recently learned of the passing of 15 year old Tikhale Nalolo, a FOMO netball player, and of Karen Childs, a KitAid supporter.

We sponsored the trophies for a special memorial tournament organised by FOMO Committee members in honour of Tikhale. Karen was also remembered at the event, which was fitting as she loved Africa.

Congratulations to Nsuwazi FC, who won the football tournament, and to the brilliant FOMO Sisters who won the netball final. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Tikhale’s family next Monday (3rd February).

We would like to say a massive thank you to Phil Sharpe for a fantastic donation of full referee kits for our friends from FOMO Malawi. The referees often get overlooked and it is hard to provide them with proper kit.

Phil has gone above and beyond by providing referee shirts, shorts and socks as well as the latest Rule books, whistles, cards and sets of linesman flags. Richard Shumba one of the referees based in Mulanje said he is overjoyed and cannot wait to run out in proper kit. Photos will follow once the kit has found its way to Malawi in a few months time.

Some of you will know Phil through his work at Hertfordshire FA, but not everyone will be aware that he received the highest accolade possible in his career as a linesman, by being chosen to run the line in the 2002 World Cup Final in Japan. Thanks Phil, we all appreciate your kind support.