Liverpool Homeless Football Club is one of many organisations to receive recycled clothes that were seized by the city’s Trading Standards officers.
The city council’s Trading Standards office has made a partnership with the His Church charity, and is donating counterfeit clothes to the organisation for rebranding.
John Finnigan, Chairman of the Liverpool Homeless Football Club, told JMU Journalism: “Without donations from charities such as His Church, we would not be able to do what we do here at Liverpool Homeless Football Club. It is vital for organisations like us to keep vulnerable people safe and raise awareness about what we do, and about the effects of homelessness.
“We are grateful for everything we receive, and we cannot thank His Church enough for their contribution.”
Liverpool Homeless Football Club (LHFC) also received donations from Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs, and food manufacturers Typhoo and John West.
The Homeless Football Club, whose slogan is ‘more than just football’, has been running for the past six years to help those who are affected or have been affected by homelessness.
Other organisations as well as those for the homeless will also receive clothes that have rebranded with the His Church logo.
Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, Roz Gladden, told JMU Journalism: “His Church donates counterfeit goods and having new clothes donated is obviously fantastic as the homeless don’t often get an opportunity to get new, good quality clothing.
“All of this helps to boost esteem which is really important for the homeless who often reach an all-time low and feel worthless. Playing sport also produces a sense of belonging and team spirit replacing the sense of isolation that the homeless often feel.”