Stelling, Cooper and Hignett donate Pools kits to African kids

INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE: Colin Cooper, Criag Hignett and Jeff Stelling with some of the former African street children and their new strips
INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE: Colin Cooper, Criag Hignett and Jeff Stelling with some of the former African street children and their new strips

POOLS boss Colin Cooper lit up the lives of some underprivileged youngsters by handing over football kits during his recent African adventure.

Colin was in Tanzania alongside his right-hand man Craig Hignett, Pools fan and TV presenter Jeff Stelling and 12 other fundraisers as they tackled the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

During their trip, the team visited former street children in the town of Moshi and handed over a selection of strips which had been donated from the North East teams including Pools.

The town is situated at the foot of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, which the trekkers tackled in aid of the Finlay Cooper Fund, raising money for children’s charities and good causes.

Colin said: “There’s much poverty in Tanzania so it was good of the football clubs to donate the shirts for us to give to the children there. The generosity of Boro, Pools and CS Sports UK who gave us footballs was much appreciated. We’re still totalling up how much we’ve raised for children’s causes back here in the North East, but it was great that we were also able do some good for the children out in Africa too.It was a special end to an incredible experience for each and every one of us.”

Proudly wearing their new football tops, the children took on Cooper, Hignett and friends in an impromptu game of football, playing in bare feet and forcing a 2-2 draw!

The Finlay Cooper Fund was named after the son Colin and his wife Julie lost in a choking accident shortly before his second birthday 11 years ago.

To make a donation to the Finlay Cooper fund. Visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/finlaycooperfund or to donate £5 text “coop15 £5” to 70070.