Manchester United star Harry Maguire has pledged to supply food packages with essentials to help the elderly in his local community cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
The defender was at the forefront of the #PlayersTogether campaign, which was set up to allow Premier League stars to voluntarily donate a part of their salaries to the NHS.
The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world and caused countries to go into lockdown, with people unable to leave their houses unless they need to buy food or urgent medical supplies.
With the older generation at higher risk, Maguire announced he will be helping over 70s and their carers stay well-nourished by delivering food packages in his childhood town of Mosborough in Sheffield.
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‘I am very proud of my Mosborough roots, it’s where I grew up and where my family still live,’ he said.
‘I come back to visit everyone as much as I can. There’s always been a real sense of community in the area which is more important than ever at the moment.
‘In times like these you think a lot about your loved ones and those that are more elderly, so I just wanted to do something to help those who need it most.
‘Herrings Top Shop is a bit of an institution in Mosborough, so my dad and I approached them about creating food packages of everyday essentials to those aged 70-and-over – or their carers – in the local area.
‘Herrings have been brilliant in helping us to make this happen, as have their suppliers Fields Fruit and Veg, who are going to carry out all of the deliveries – so it’s been an incredible team effort so far.
‘My family and I hope that this provides a small comfort to people who might be struggling.
‘The main reason I wanted to say a few words was just to draw attention to the fact these food parcels can be claimed if people tell us who needs them.
‘So, if you would like to receive one of these packages, or know someone else who might appreciate one, then please look at the Mosborough Community Forum on Facebook where there are further details.
‘I appreciate that not all senior citizens are on the internet, but hopefully friends, family or carers can assist them.’
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