Man Utd donate £300k to local schools in continued coronavirus battle

Manchester United have announced they will be donating £300,000 to local schools to help the coronavirus relief effort.

In another generous pledge made via the Manchester United foundation, 30 partner schools will each receive a £10k donation.

This follows on from the club's work in delivering 60,000 free meals to NHS workers as well as supporting local food banks.

The funds donated to schools are to be used to help vulnerable families with essentials such as food, clothing, energy, IT equipment and medication.

John Shiels, CEO of Manchester United Foundation, said: "We really value the relationship we have with our schools, and in the spirit of true partnerships, we are delighted to be able to offer support to those families who are most in need right now.

"Our coaches usually work with these children day-in-day-out and this way we are able to still make a difference and give them a sense of hope at this difficult time."

The foundation provides football coaching and educational programmes in the local community to offer youngsters greater opportunities.

One of the schools to benefit from the foundations pledge is the Great Academy Ashton.

Principal Jenny Langley said: "During lockdown we have become increasingly concerned about the support for families whose children usually receive free school meals.

"Manchester United Foundation is a brilliantly supportive partner of ours and they have stepped into this void to provide enough money for all those families to receive vouchers to cover at least some of the shortfall."

Man Utd stars have also been working hard to raise funds for charitable causes.

Striker Marcus Rashford has helped raise £20million for charity FareShare, who deliver school meals to those in need, following support from big UK supermarkets including Tesco, Asda and Co-op.

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