Fantastic Sunderland fans have donated more than 250 shirts to an African village

From Downhill to Castletown and Houghton to Seaburn – you came forward in droves to support an African village.

Sunday, 6th June 2021, 4:55 am

And the appeal to send Sunderland football shirts to an African village was such a huge success that more than 250 of all sizes were donated.

The team was established in 2012 and relies on donations from SAFC fans.

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Sunderland AFC Keroche in Kenya which has had wonderful support from the people of Wearside.

It has progressed to become a side with a fanbase of between 3,000 and 4,000 supporters and the team has reached 22 cup finals in the last nine years.

Gary Lamb from Seaham, is the president of Sunderland AFC Keroche which he originally founded with John Eilbeck.

He previously told the Echo that the area has been hit hard by the pandemic and wanted to help all the fans who would ‘love to be wearing the famous Sunderland colours’.

The appeal led to an influx of donated shirts which have now been counted and will be packed up soon.

Just some of the 250 Sunderland donations which were donated after an appeal.

Gary said: “Every donation came from local people from Castletown to Downhill, Roker, Seaburn and Houghton-le-Spring,”

He said Consett FC even helped out by donating three full sets of kits which the junior team used to use.

He said shirts from children’s sizes to XXL had all been sent in.

The Sunderland AFC Keroche team which is going from strength to strength.

To donate a shirt, hat or scarf contact Gary on 07880 732078.

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Sunderland AFC Keroche players with one of the many trophies they have won.