When young Charlie Carroll traveled to Likoma on a family holiday last year, he met lots of friendly boys and girls who loved playing football – but they came from very poor families.

Hard to believe, but the average family on the island earns just £400 a year – so for almost everyone, the luxury of having sports kit to play in is just a distant dream and sadly, out of reach.

Charlie came home, determined to keep in touch with his new-found friends and has now launched an appeal for donations of any unwanted or outgrown sportswear including boots, socks, shirts and shorts in order to help those less fortunate than him in Africa.  All sizes of sports wear are more than welcome – of course, many young adults enjoy playing sports too!

His appeal has already seen generous donations of boots and kit from members of Lymm Rugby Club & Lymm Rovers Football Club – but on behalf of Charlie, we are now asking our lovely listeners to help his cause.

Charlie was originally going to use his pocket money to pay the postage costs – but now a courier has stepped in and has offered to cover the cost of flying the consignment out to Malawi.

Charlie was Paul’s special guest on the morning show today – you can listen again to the conversation by clicking the play button below.

Appeal:  If you have unwanted kit – anything from shoes, socks and shorts – to track suit bottoms and tops, please can you consider donating it to Charlie’s appeal?  Any condition is fine – and all sizes too.  Please drop off your donations to our studios at 15b The Cross in Lymm (we are the basement office below Bhaji’s Indian Takeaway – and opposite the Terrace Cafe).  Our office is manned every day – but if nobody is here when you call, please leave your donation outside our front door – and we’ll make sure it reaches Charlie in time for the big send-off.

Thank you in advance – and well done Charlie!  What an inspirational young man!


Charlie Carroll talks to Smithy on the morning show Tuesday 10th November.