Pub scores with football boots appeal for Africa

CELEB SUPPORT -- Half Moon staff Wayne Penfold (left) and Olly Jakes with 'Dancing On Ice' star Laura Hamilton and some of the donated boots
CELEB SUPPORT -- Half Moon staff Wayne Penfold (left) and Olly Jakes with 'Dancing On Ice' star Laura Hamilton and some of the donated boots
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ORPHANS in South Africa will be able to take to the pitch in proper football boots for the first time — thanks to a kind-hearted Hucknall pub and its regulars.

The Half Moon on Market Place has been swamped with unwanted children’s boots as part of its Project Fair Play charity campaign.

Customers were called on by the sports-mad pub to donate the crucial kit — and more than 80 pairs were received.

The boots have now been cleaned and restored to tip-top condition to be re-gifted to the Youth Sport Trust for their football projects.

Some will go to disadvantaged youngsters in the Dispatch district and Nottinghamshire.

But others have been reserved for the Orlando House orphanage in Johannesburg.

The gesture follows up on a Project Fair Play scheme run by the Moon last year to collect hundreds of football shirts to be distributed in South African townships ahead of last year’s World Cup in the country.

Half Moon landlord Sean McCoy said: “Kids grow up at a rate of knots, so football boots are replaced all the time. Project Fair Play was a good way to put unwanted boots to great use. We’re very grateful to all our locals for their support.

“When our team visited the projects in South Africa last year, the kids’ passion for football was incredible. However they don’t have proper kit, so we wanted to keep the link going and help them out with boots to go with the football shirts they’ve already received.”

The campaign at the Moon also had star support with kids’ TV presenter and ‘Dancing On Ice’ celeb Laura Hamilton donating boots.

Laura said: “Project Fair Play is a great way to re-gift a pair of pre-loved boots to another child who can’t afford their own.”