I recently posted about our recent experience with helping the children of Boscobel Primary school in Jamaica on a holiday earlier in the year.
You can read the blog here: Boscobel Primary, Jamaica. Can you help?
This is a follow up post because we’ve had a lot of love and support since I wrote the blog post. My phone was going crazy when I posted it. It reached people in the UK, Ireland, Canada, United States, Jamaica, Vietnam and Denmark!
We set up the fundraising page and have been grateful for every single donation. Every penny means a lot to all of us involved in the fundraising, but even more so the children of Jamaica. Their faces lit up when they were dressed in all the football kit we gave them and I can only imagine their faces when they got tonnes more.
The story made it into The Portsmouth News twice. A lovely and very patient photographer came and took photos of the four of us that went to Jamaica along with Padnell Football Club. It takes a lot of patience to get 40 odd children together for a photo! You can read the story here: The Portsmouth News
There was also another article in the ‘We Can do it Page’.
Social media is powerful when it comes to things like this…
Reaching outside of Boscobel…
We want to thank everyone who has donated more Football kit. So far Padnell Rovers FC have kindly donated 21 yellow kits and another goalkeepers kit. This in itself has kitted out the whole of Boscobel Primary’s football team. Further to that, another 15 Blue Padnell away kits along with another goalkeeper kit and 8 red kits that were used for mini soccer have been donated by the club meaning we can now donate kit to another school – Mango Valley. We only saw Mango Valley from the outside but we saw the lack of football equipment, pitch condition and unsafe goalposts and now they’ll be receiving kits too! I can remember us saying, “wouldn’t it be good if we could reach out and help out as many communities as possible”. It’s amazing what happens when people come together. One Love.
We’re currently arranging a charity football match to raise money. We’re asking local clubs to use a stadium for the match whilst also in the progress of putting together other fundraising events.
Thank you from Jamaica…
We also want to pass on gratitude from the people of Jamaica. We became good friends with one of the teachers there, Kajy. We even went on a massive hike with him, picking fruit from the “bush” and having to walk past massive cows that were quite simply intimidating haha! But he sent us all a lovely message along with a picture of him and a couple of students at the school, (how cute is their uniform).
We also get sent photos from our Jamaican friend Scientist. He recently shared with us their ‘fun day’, which is sports day. So sweet….
I know this might not be as close to people’s hearts as it is ours and that’s simply because you can’t actually explain what it’s like until you’ve been there and met the children and seen what it’s like with your own eyes. But if you could spare £1.. £2… £5… however little or however much you can, I will be forever grateful and so will the children who will benefit from it. Please click on this link to donate: JUSTGIVING – BOSCOBEL, JAMAICA
If you’re able to help us in any way or have any ideas, please feel free to message me or email – firstname.lastname@example.org
The biggest thank you to everyone who has helped so far. It’s so appreciated.