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Christmas Visit | HAF & Tuffins Supermarket

23 December 2022


Christmas Visit | HAF & Tuffins Supermarket

23 December 2022

Carl Winchester, Aiden O'Brien, Tom Bloxham and Harry Burgoyne showed off their wrapping skills as Shrewsbury Town continues to work to spread some festive cheer this Christmas.

The club has joined forces with Shropshire Council and Tuffins Supermarket to support youngsters who receive free school meals over the festive period.

The Holiday, Activity and Food Programme (HAF) is in operation in both Shrewsbury and Ludlow and aims to provide children with free activites and food throughout the school break.

Continuing our partnership with Tuffins, the supermarket kindly donated a Christmas hamper to all the children that they were able to take home for their family.

And the Shrewsbury Town Foundation also asked supporters to donate gifts that the children could pick, wrap, and gift their loved ones a present.

And not only did the children pick a present - they then got help wrapping them from Carl, Aiden, Tom and Harry when they headed to Montgomery Waters Meadow yesterday.

The players then joined in playing games with the kids - which included a snowball fight in the FanZone.

Harry Burgoyne said: "It’s been really nice to help the kids and see their faces.

"You can see how much it means to them that they are going to be giving their parents or loved ones something to open on Christmas Day. 

"I’m a Shropshire lad myself, I’m from Ludlow, and I think the football club has always been the centre of the whole county.

"And I think it shows that we’ve got people here all working to put smiles on the faces of kids at Christmas. 

"You have got parents and families that are struggling at the minute, times are hard. And it’s just good the football club is at the centre of where the help is coming from."

Harry said he and all the players are eager to get out and help in the community.

"Any time we have got the opportunity to be a role model for someone or to set a good example, then I am willing to do it," he added.

"Whether that’s giving someone a pair of gloves on a match day – the gloves might not mean a lot to me but it might mean a lot to a young kid and it might even lead to him taking up goalkeeping!"

"It’s really big for us players to be able to give a bit back to the community."

The hamper donated by Tuffins included everything needed for a Christmas dinner minus the Turkey - with more than 40 given away.

Milly Wheeler, fundraising and partnerships manager at Shrewsbury Town Foundation, said: "The HAF (holiday, activities and food) program allows kids who get free school meals to come to Shrewsbury Town and get a free hot meal, they utilise the stadium and they have also been able to pick a present for a loved one.

"We have lots of donations here from lots of local businesses that have kindly sent them to us for Christmas.
"And with the help of some of the players, the kids have got all the presentes wrapped up as well.
"It is all the more pertinent this year because we know families are really struggling so we felt it was extra important for us to make sure kids had an extra special Christmas.
"Our program filled up really quickly, much quicker than last year and you can really tell that families in Shropshire are struggling - but it is great we are doing something about it and taking some positive steps.
"Our corporate supporters, our fans even staff that work here have brought in things so we are really grateful for the support we have had.
"We know that parents go over and above every single year, so it is really nice for them to get something back.
"We know lots of people are doing donations for kids so we wanted to turn it on its head and give parents a bit of love this year because we know it can be super difficult."


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