Harrowby United deliver food packages to help the vulnerable
Harrowby United have been helping the vulnerable in their community during lockdown.
The Arrows were out on Friday April 29 delivering food parcels to vulnerable people self- isolating near the Dickens Road stadium.
With support from WM Morrisons, members of the club distributed 100 food parcels including essential items such as bread and milk, as well as a few treats. Among the team were Chairman Michael Atter, Mark Fardell, Team Manager Jamie McGhee and Team Captain Billy Stubbs, with help from Julie and Amber behind the scenes.
The team were overwhelmed by the response of the locals and the gratitude they received from all. Resident Linda Bunning sent a message which said: “Just wanted to say a big thank you as a resident of Canterbury Close for the food parcel you have delivered. It’s a lovely gesture and very much appreciated.”
Chairman Michael Atter said: “Today has been a humbling experience. When we came up with this idea, we were not sure how people would react but seeing people’s faces when we dropped off the parcels was fantastic.
"At this time, football is secondary so as a club we wanted to do something for the local community.
“Initially the idea was to look after our own club members, who are here weekly to help us on match days. We have our President Cliff who is 98 along with Bruce and Bernie who are both well into their eighty’s, as well as Bert Craft who is 99 years old and a member of the very first Harrowby Team in 1949.
"Bert has been in hospital for a few weeks with the virus, but this week he has been sent home and is recovering.Hearing this we decided to expand the project to all the residents on Canterbury Close where Bert lives which is located 200m from our ground.
“We gained permission from the council and would like to thank Ian Selby for his help in obtaining this as well as Morrisons who were brilliant in making this happen. To say we were blown away by the reactions is an understatement, we have since received many messages of thanks from the residents.”