Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is supplying care packages to pensioners in Sheffield. The 27-year-old, who was born in Sheffield, is giving packages of food and essentials to those in need. The England international is helping pensioners in Mosborough, the village where village grew up.
Maguire picked two local businesses to deliver the packages in another boost to the community amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On his new initiative, Maguire said: “I am very proud of my Mosborough roots – it’s where I grew up and where my family still live. 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 & 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 give a few words to the paper 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.
“Like everyone, I’m keeping to the government advice and trying to make the best of the situation. My daughter is too young to understand what’s going on right now, but she’ll read about these times in the years to come.
“I’m also keeping active and following the training programme that United have given me within the confines of my back garden! It’s not quite Old Trafford but I still take pride in keeping the grass in good nick. I also keep in touch with all my teammates and have found that contact to be really important – as well as family of course.”
A message on the Mosborough Community Forum Facebook page added: “We have been contacted by local boy Harry Maguire and we have some nice news to share.
“The Manchester United and England footballer has kindly offered to supply a food package of everyday essentials to the elderly (70 and over) in Mosborough district.
“Harry recognises the difficulty for some of our older residents getting out and about currently – plus the amazing friends, family and carers that have been looking after them.
“Therefore, he wanted to do something to help. Harry is arranging for the food parcels to be kindly made up by Herrings Top Shop. These will be then delivered by Fields Fruit and Veg so it’s a real community effort.
“It will be one package per household and the deadline to get the information over to us will be Wednesday, 15 April. Herrings Top Shop and Fields Fruit and Veg will then aim to get them delivered to everyone as soon as possible.
“As well as the two retailers, we would just like to say thank you to Harry and his family for this act of kindness and helping the elderly in the Mosborough community.”