Pupils donate clothes to Afghan orphans

07:38 24 March 2012

Tony Hansen from Affordable Schoolwear, Mel Brooks from the Afghan Appeal Fund and Major Jill Rogers from Bulford Camp

Tony Hansen from Affordable Schoolwear, Mel Brooks from the Afghan Appeal Fund and Major Jill Rogers from Bulford Camp


TWO Comet country schools have donated almost £6000 worth of clothes to orphans in Afghanistan.

Robert Bloomfield in Shefford and Etonbury in Arlesey have both recently become academies.

With the wording on the Shefford school’s uniforms consequently rendered obsolete, and with more than 100 Etonbury jumpers produced with the wrong logo, uniform service Affordable Schoolwear looked into donating the clothes to a good cause.

The Afghan Appeal Fund aims to raise awareness of the plight of people in Afghanistan, particularly children, and raise money to help them, primarily through education.

On behalf of the charity, soldiers being deployed to Afghanistan from Bulford Camp near Salisbury offered to put the much-needed clothes with their kit when it was shipped to the war-torn country.

A total of 525 sweatshirts, 480 polo shirts and about 75 fleeces have now been sent to Afghanistan to be given to orphans.

A spokesman for the two academies said: “Hopefully the children, who have very little in a very hostile and unforgiving country, will have some warmth from the jumpers, as well as the knowledge that people around the world do care.”

To find out more about the Afghan Appeal Fund, visit www.afghanappealfund.org.uk or email



More news stories

Laura Williams and Cheryl Coates

Two brave Stevenage mums proved to be heroes when a baby boy in a buggy rolled into the freezing waters of Fairlands Valley Park’s sailing lake.

The Howard Garden Social and Day Care Centre is having a grand reopening on Saturday.

A community centre cherished as a second home to its members hosts a grand reopening on Saturday after being closed for four months due to flash flooding over the summer.

Firefighters were called to Charlton Road in Hitchin last night after an aerosol exploded on a bonfire and hit a man in the face.

A man was taken to hospital last night after a can of aerosol exploded on a bonfire and hit him in the face.

Mark Klimek, wh previously played for Stevenage FC in a sporting career which also encompassed cricket and tennis, has died suddenly at the age of 51.

Tributes have been paid to a former Stevenage FC goalkeeper who was ‘the life and soul of any party’.


Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Read the The Comet e-edition E-edition