Arse­nal foot­balls will sup­port teacher’s goal

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

A TEACHER is auc­tion­ing off some valu­able foot­ball mem­o­ra­bilia to raise funds for a char­ity project in Africa.

Luke Dolby, 27, of Beaver Lane in Ash­ford, is hop­ing to raise £40,000 for the char­ity, Build A School, and in par­tic­u­lar, for a new school to serve 250 chil­dren in the poverty-striken vil­lage of Mbelekete in Malawi.

With sup­port from the likes of Ian His­lop and foot­baller Theo Wal­cott, and thanks to fund-rais­ing events such as a re­cent quiz night, the char­ity has al­ready col­lected more than £25,000.

In or­der to raise more, Mr Dolby is to auc­tion off a foot­ball signed by the Arse­nal team and an­other ball signed by Arse­nal and Eng­land striker Theo Wal­cott.

He said: “The project is do­ing won­der­fully well. We have ben­e­fited from some re­ally big do­na­tions and with a cou­ple more projects at Home­wood School in Ten­ter­den and Swade­lands in Len­ham where I teach, plus Gift Aid, we should be vir­tu­ally there.”

Mr Dolby is aiming is com­plete the fund by July and open the school in Au­gust. He added: “It will change the chil­dren’s lives. There is noth­ing there and the im­pact this will have on their lives is go­ing to be just won­der­ful.”

Any­one wish­ing to bid for the foot­balls should e-mail their con­tact de­tails to Mr Dolby at info@buil­daschool.co.uk. The clos­ing date for bids is noon on Fri­day, May 25.

Above, teacher Luke Dolby has teamed up with top foot­baller Theo Wal­cott, be­low, to get a school built

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