Manchester City players and staff have pitched in to ensure no primary school child in East Manchester goes without a Christmas present this year.
In addition to the work that the club does through City in the Community through the year, particular attention was given to local children after research indicated that a third of kids in Manchester will not receive a Christmas present.
City’s players, coaches and legends all got involved with the mammoth task, with Sergio Aguero paying one school a surprise visit, to provide 5,500 gifts – enough for every primary pupil in East Manchester and every fostered child across the city.
“We really appreciate the gifts from Manchester City and the surprise visit from Sergio, the children were very excited!” said Louise Thewlis, deputy head at Ravensbury Primary School.
“[The school] has 470 pupils and Christmas can be a difficult time for them, their parents and their families, this year even more so. Some of our children would not ordinarily receive a present at Christmas, but thanks to the club they will now have a gift to unwrap on Christmas Day and a smile on their faces.”
MEN Sport understands that Pep Guardiola has also donated a considerable sum to the club’s overall Christmas programme, which included donations of equipment to Royal Manchester Childrens’ Hospital, 45,000 essential items given to ten local charities, and 500 three-course Christmas meals for families in East, Central and South Manchester to help combat holiday hunger.
While the traditional hospital visits from the players could not be done in-person this year because of Covid restrictions, the first-team squads and academy took to video calls to help spread some virtual cheer for patients as well as some fans that are isolating.
“We all know how difficult this year has been and that for some, the festive period will be particularly challenging,” said club COO Ferran Soriano.
“Our priority was to find ways to connect with those in our community who are most in need, to provide tangible support and let them know that their football club is there for them. Thanks to the combined efforts of our coaches, staff, our players and our charity, City in the Community, we have been able to make a difference over this festive period and share some City magic”
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