St Leonards business launches charity appeal

Oliver Toovey, funeral director at Douglas Mercer & Son
Oliver Toovey, funeral director at Douglas Mercer & Son

A LOCAL funeral directors is urging football fanatics to donate their old football kits in aid of supporting the education of disadvantaged children around the world.

Family business Douglas Mercer & Son has launched the Pitch In! appeal and is calling on people to delve into their drawers and take their disused kits to the funeral directors in Sedlescombe Road North, St Leonards.

Once collected, the Douglas Mercer & Son team will give the football tops to leading UK charity Kits4Causes, an organisation which aims to help as many education projects around the world as possible to achieve their goals through the use of football and donated football kits.

Oliver Toovey, funeral director at Douglas Mercer & Son, said: “When we were told about the work Kits4Causes gets involved in, we were staggered to learn how much good can be achieved with an unwanted football shirt. Many of us take for granted that we can pull on the top of our favourite team or the club we play for and pop to the park for a kickabout, but for children in developing countries that’s something they may never get to experience.

“Given that the World Cup is now upon us and Hastings is a town full of football fans and football clubs, we thought we would challenge local residents to Pitch In! and see how many football shirts we can collect. The majority of us have old kits lying around at home or work that we no longer need, so we are hoping local people get behind our team and help us reach our goal!”

Since its launch, Kits4Causes has worked with more than 50 international aid organisations in 26 different countries, distributing UK-donated football kits to 27,000 people worldwide.

Chris Grindley, director of Kits4Causes, said: “With the current season coming to an end, we know that many football fans will be eagerly awaiting their team’s next shirt. Rather than leave their old kit at the back of the cupboard, we are hoping that the residents of Hastings will pop down to the Douglas Mercer & Son branch and donate it to the appeal. Doing so is simple, but it will help us make a huge difference to the lives of football-loving young people around the world.”

For more information about the appeal call 01424 421805 or visit