A kickabout and drop-off for refugees

Sophie Whitley has organised a football tournament to raise money for the ongoing reugee crisis. She said she was the pictures of the little boy being carried off the beach and felt she had to do something to help.
Sophie Whitley has organised a football tournament to raise money for the ongoing reugee crisis. She said she was the pictures of the little boy being carried off the beach and felt she had to do something to help.

Mum Sophie Whitley has organised a charity football tournament to help raise money for the ongoing refugee crisis.

Miss Whitley hopes to raise at least £1,000 by holding the five-a-side tournament at Goals in Leeds next weekend.

St Giles' Church has taken in donations of winter clothes which it will give to the Leeds2Iraq project.'Father Bob Cooper and Bill Bradley

St Giles' Church has taken in donations of winter clothes which it will give to the Leeds2Iraq project.'Father Bob Cooper and Bill Bradley

She said: “The refugee situation has been something that’s been bothering me for quite a while.

“I have got a little girl myself and I saw the picture of the little boy on the beach and that’s when I thought enough is enough, I’ve got to do something.”

A total of 12 teams have already signed up for the tournament which will be held on Saturday, October 17.

Half of the money raised will go to No Borders Leeds which supplies aid to refugees.

The other half will go towards buying supplies which a friend of Miss Whitley will take to Calais.

Mum-of-one Miss Whitley, 27, said: “We are relying on people wanting to get involved and that’s why we chose football.

“We are hoping to have 16 teams signed up for the event in total.”

For more information or to sign up call Miss Whitley on 07841 532220 or email sophiewhitley68@yahoo.co.uk

Leaders at St Giles’ Church in Pontefract have also launched an appeal to help those seeking refuge.

The Market Place church has opened up a drop-off point for people to donate clothing shoes and bedding.

Father Bob Cooper, from the church, said: “The response to this appeal has been magnificent with local people arriving every day with large quantities of clothing and bedding.

“People, who are already doing so much to help their neighbours, have gone the extra mile to help those in need in the war-torn Middle East.”

People can leave donations at the church until Saturday, October 10.