As part of the Manchester United Foundation’s Santa’s Red Helpers initiative, Manchester United’s first-team squad has promised £ 250,000 to help support disadvantaged kids this winter.
Club captain Harry Maguire, representing the team, marked the significant donation from the players with a visit to Old Trafford on Thursday to engage in the preparation of food hampers and the packaging of festive gifts for children across Greater Manchester.
During the tour, Harry met with some of the several staff members who donated their time to help ensure that these much-needed deliveries went on schedule, including thousands of food hampers and gifts.
Before helping the squad pack bags and prepare a van in preparation for delivery, the United Defender met with volunteers and Foundation workers, learning more about the initiative and the club-wide effort.
“This is a fantastic campaign that I know the club is all behind the staff and the players,” Harry said. “Recently, the first team came together to talk about the campaign and it was immediately very clear that everyone wanted to be involved and contribute.”
Harry added: “I was lucky enough to come down today to see all the food hampers and activity bags being prepared and hear how many people will benefit from them.” I’m going to go back to the lads to remind them about all the hard work that members of the team put in.
“It is clear that this will benefit the young people of Manchester and it is so important that we look after them.”
Matt Johnson, director of operations at the Manchester United Foundation, emphasized how important it was to get behind the initiative for Harry and the team.
“In Greater Manchester, child poverty is on the rise and we want to ensure that the most vulnerable children get food and gifts this Christmas as a foundation and club,” Matt said.
It is inspirational to everyone and reflects the real family values of the club and its people to see the players actively supporting the initiative with finances and time. Harry was so humble that he just wanted to get interested in the program.
No work for him was too big or too little, and he was a great boost for our Red Helpers who packed the food and activity bags.
We should be able to accomplish something we have never achieved before by delivering thousands of meals, hampers, and gifts to needy children throughout Greater Manchester with such a united approach across the club, spearheaded by Harry and the players. I have no doubt we will bring lots of kids some festive cheer.
The Foundation unveiled its Christmas call-to-action on Tuesday 1 December, urging fans to follow employees and players to become Santa’s Red Helpers and donate this Christmas to help provide food, gifts and support to needy children.
Like Harry, by doing whatever they can to ensure that we make as big a difference as possible to the wellbeing of children in Greater Manchester and beyond this Christmas, fans can also become Red Helpers.
To learn how to become one of the Red Helpers of Santa, please visit www.mufoundation.org/redhelpers