Charitable mum’s sporting success to help underprivileged children

Liz Ayling with son, Joseph. Liz collected sports kist for recycling
Liz Ayling with son, Joseph. Liz collected sports kist for recycling

A charitable mum has collected an amazing 150 sports shirts, 80 pairs of shorts, 37 pairs of socks, 15 pairs of shoes and two shin pads to help underprivileged children take up sport.

Liz Ayling achieved the sporting charity haul after teaming up with Bury St Edmunds recycling guru, Karen Cannard and Tesco Express in Lawson Place, Moreton Hall, who set up a drop-off point.

On Monday, the sportswear, donated by local parents, was hand-delivered to the Lord’s Taverners Charity depot in Ipswich.

The charity collects old sports kits and then recycles by distributing them to deprived areas in the UK and also developing countries.

“I would just like to thank all the people who donated kits since we began collecting last July,” said Liz, from Moreton Hall.

“I am delighted with the response and it’s great to know all the sportswear will now be put to good use and that there are also these sorts of charities out there to help.”

Mrs Ayling, a mother-of-two, came up with the idea to collect the kits after her son Joseph’s school closed in July last year.

St James’ Middle was one of four schools, including St Louis, Hardwick and Howard middle to close, with pupils in Years 6, 7 and 8 moving to secondary schools, who all had their own uniforms.

“I just thought it was such a waste, especially if people were throwing the kits away.

“Thanks again to everyone,” added Liz.