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Teenagers launch new charity

A celebrity clothing charity created by Cheshire teenagers has launched today at the UCFB College of Football Business.

The Superstar Clothes Bank asks celebrities and sportspeople to donate their clothing, which is then sold on to fans via a website to raise money for charity.

It is the brainchild of pupils at Lymm High School, and money raised from the sale of clothing and memorabilia will be split equally between the celebrity’s charity of choice and Lymm’s partner school in South Africa.

Clothing and memorabilia was showcased at the launch at UCFB, the Burnley higher education institution that offers undergraduate degrees in football business.

Leeds United’s Tom Lees is among the sports stars who have already backed the initiative and donated clothing. The pupils have also secured a signed Dennis Bergkamp shirt, a football signed by World Cup winners Gordon Bank and Roger Hunt, and a signed Rangers shirt.

The pupils, who are all undertaking business studies, are taking to social media to raise awareness of the charity and to ask more celebrities to get involved and donate clothing. Business studies teacher John Hayes is overseeing the Superstar Clothes Bank project.

‘Real life experience’

Josh Blackwell, a pupil at Lymm High School, said: “It’s great to finally be launching Superstar Clothes Banks and start to raise money and awareness. We are all finding it good to put to use what we’re learning in school about business studies and get real life experience in an interesting and fun environment.

“We hope that as many sports stars and celebrities donate clothing to us – not only can they raise money for causes important to them, but also help our partner school in South Africa.”

Philip Wilson, the chief executive at UCFB, added: “Superstar Clothes Bank is a great initiative and it’s impressive to see how passionate and dedicated the pupils are to making it a big success.

“We’ve got excellent links with football clubs and sportspeople and felt that by getting involved we could really help Superstar Clothes Bank in raising its profile and driving donations.

“Our undergraduates across all three degrees here – media, marketing and finance – are also happy to get involved and give advice to the pupils at Lymm that are working on the project.”

UCFB opened in September and offers BA (Hons) degrees in football business and finance, football business and marketing and football business and media. It currently has 60 students and is capping its 2012 intake at 200.

To find out more about Superstar Clothes Bank HERE.

Pictured: UCB chief executive Philip Wilson, the chief executive at UCFB, with a shirt signed by Burnley players, one of the items that has been donated.

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