We are really pleased to announce that KitAid has been invited to attend the incredibly popular Liverpool FC Legends game at Anfield on Saturday 28 March.

This will be our third collection at a Legends game and the previous two have been really successful. As well as collecting kit we also receive great publicity in the pre-match publicity, in the match programme and on LFC TV on the day.

Many thanks to our friends at Liverpool FC Foundation who arrange everything and if you are attending please come to our collection point at the Anfield Road end and say hello.

After our most successful year in 2019, when 86,445 items of kit were donated across the developing world, the new decade has started well. At our first boxing up session of 2020, 4,900 items of kit were sorted and boxed by our team of wonderful volunteers.

We were also helped by the Watford FC Community Trust loaning us the use of their minibus to transport kit from our container in Hemel Hempstead to Hatfield. Many thanks to them and to Barry, our volunteer driver. A big thank you also to our wonderful couriers, PCS Logistics Ltd, who delivered five pallets of Cardiff City kit to the session.

The boxing up sessions work like clockwork thanks to the volunteers who get through a mountain of kit in 3 hours. If you would like volunteer and help out at a session please email kitaidcharity@gmail.com.

Here’s to reaching 1Million items by 2024!

KitAid is delighted to announce that singer/songwriter, actress and model, Mary HD, has accepted our invitation to become the charity’s first Ambassador.

Since the Trustees agreed not to replace the role of Patron, in honour of Graham Taylor OBE, we have decided to invite a select number of Ambassadors, who we feel represent the ethos, vision and values of KitAid.

About Mary HD
Mary HD started her career at the age of 15 as a fashion model, which led to her appearing in major campaigns and magazines, including Marie Claire, Elle, and Cosmopolitan, as well as travelling throughout Europe for photo shoots. However, her main passion has always been music, as a singer/songwriter. This has involved working with musicians and record producers whose back catalogue includes artists such as George Michael (RIP), James Brown (RIP), Kylie Minogue and Tina Turner. Mary has performed across Europe and has a following in America, following the release of a number of singles and the highly acclaimed debut album “Resolute”. Her latest single releases in April 2019, include I Am The War and North Star, taken from her equally successful album Pure Love, covering a theme of overcoming, resilience, faith over fear and believing in one’s visions. Further releases from this album are to follow.

Charity Work
Mary is an avid charity worker, supporting a number of key issues which are all close to her heart. She became the first Patron of the John Bury Trust and S.E.E.D (Support and Education for Eating disorders) and she was invited by the Prince’s Trust to work on a project entitled “Dreams”. Mary wrote the music for this, and also coached 10 girls between the ages of 16-25, to assist with confidence and to help raise their self-esteem. The girls performed alongside Mary HD for HRH Prince Charles at Turf Moor stadium, Burnley. Mary also released a charity single “Malaria No More”, orchestrated a campaign “The Mary HD Send a Heart Campaign” which was sponsored by John Lewis in Partnership and received support from well- known celebrities including Tinchy Stryder, Amir King Khan and Sajid Mahmood among others. The campaign raised funds for the special baby care charity Bliss. In recognition of her support of the Prince’s Trust and for her charity work Mary was invited to Buckingham Palace.

“We are both delighted and excited that Mary HD has accepted our invitation to become an Ambassador for KitAid. She reaches out to a new audience who otherwise may not get to hear about our work. She also represents a lot of girls and women who will aspire to her values and she can act as a “mentor in kind” to the many young women we support through our work across the developing world. We look forward to working with Mary and to introducing her to the projects KitAid supports.” — Derrick Williams MBE, KitAid

‘’It is a distinct honour to be invited as Ambassador for KitAid, an immense dream come true and I am very excited to be able to highlight KitAids incredible work that they do providing hope, joy, breaking down barriers and making a difference. Through my own personal experiences and those of my mothers, I am a huge advocate of female empowerment and I am delighted to accept my position with KitAid. It is the love that is shared, which builds the bridge towards a better world and future for all of humanity. I look very forward to support and commence my work with KitAids projects” — Mary HD

For further information about Mary HD please see: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

Photo credit: Greg Couzens

We would like to say a very big thank you to Garden City Runners for donating a wonderful £900 to KitAid from their 2019 Hatfield Business Park race series.

Also a similar thank you to Steve Thake and Peter Dommett from Affinity Water, who host the event. Both Steve and Peter have a big say in which charity is supported.

Well done to all of the runners and thanks to those who also donated kit.

See you in 2020

Calling all (fit) runners to enter the scenic 10 Mile Ricky Road Run, through the beautiful lanes of Chorleywood, Little Chalfont and Rickmansworth.

This event is close to our hearts as it was co-founded in 1984 by KitAid’s founder, Derrick Williams MBE. We also receive a donation every year from the run which is key to helping us meet our annual expenses.

If you like running this is a first class race, with friendly marshals and a very well organised event. For race details please log on to www.rickyroadrun.co.uk.

In the last fortnight KitAid has unfortunately lost access to two of its key storage facilities.

This is a significant problem for us as it limits the amount of kit we are able to collect and store. We are currently having to turn donations away, which we really struggle with, knowing the demand for kit in Africa and the developing world.

We need secure, accessible and reasonably priced storage units in Watford or Hemel Hempstead. If you know of any suitable facilities please get in touch as we need to resolve this problem quickly.

We were are grateful to Affinity Water and their fantastic staff for choosing KitAid as their charity of the month for August.

Staff donated an amazing £529 through bucket collections and a giant raffle in just one day. Affinity Water have agreed to match the amount donated, resulting in a tremendous total amount of £1,058. A lot of work went in to the day and we are also grateful to the organising team of Pete Dommett, Sharon Hammond, Elaine Nottage, Niel Johnstone and Sean McGuigan.

Affinity Water have supported KitAid throughout our 21 year history with use of facilities and storage space, which are both invaluable to the success of our charity. Many of their staff volunteer for us as well.

Thank You Affinity Water.

While the KitAid supporters were out in Malawi they inducted FOMO FC into the Ambassador Club hall of fame.

FOMO FC are the eighth club to be made an Ambassador and only the second club in Africa. The scheme is designed primarily to recognise clubs from the lower leagues who go the extra mile, over a long period of time, in their support of our work.

The specially framed membership certificate was presented to Mary Woodworth at FOMO FC’s Chitakale home ground, where they play in the “Thumbs Up” Malawi Premier League.

Welcome to the Ambassador Club FOMO FC.

A group of eight KitAid supporters, which included two experienced coaches from Liverpool County FA, headed out to Mulanje in South East Malawi, for a week in early August. This was our second trip to visit our close partner, FOMO Malawi, and our very good friends Mary and Keith Woodworth.

It was another excellent trip with the group witnessing at first hand the power of kit, in giving the FOMO supported teams proper kit and the chance to express themselves through sport. We attended the brilliant Football and Netball Bonanza tournament which KitAid sponsored, and saw the new full size metal goal posts being used, which we also sponsored.

Stu Carrington and David Pugh from Liverpool FA (LCFA)did a brilliant job coaching the FOMO FC first and reserve teams, and by the end of the week the lads were able to run their own coaching sessions. LCFA will now continue to support the teams with coaching material, equipment and hopefully a further visit next year.

The supporters had a life enhancing experience visiting many of the FOMO run orphan support centres, the FOMO School, Medical Centre, Nurseries and even the FOMO driving school. It was a superb trip and we are eternally grateful to FOMO Malawi for sharing the benefits of our partnership and taking such good care of everyone.

Very many thanks from Fran Dommett, Pamela Johnson, Susan Howie, Lee Seacombe, Thomas Enright, Stu Carrington, David Pugh and Derrick Williams.