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Bristol City Football Club gift food donations

30 December 2021

Supported housing tenants in Scunthorpe are grateful to have recently tucked into some delicious hot meals, courtesy of Bristol City Football Club.

Bristol City Football Club receiving their gift food donations Bristol City Football Club delivering their gift food donations

Sanctuary Supported Living’s Dryden Road provides supported housing for people who have experienced homelessness, mental health challenges or have disabilities. The football club kindly donated risotto, chicken, rice, pasta, vegetables and bagels, amongst other tasty treats, to the vulnerable tenants after their pre-match evening meal ahead of their Championship match against Hull City.

Bristol City FC regularly donate food parcels to the communities they visit while playing away matches. Nutritious, healthy and hot meals are especially important at this time of year, and provide the opportunity to spread some extra Christmas cheer, particularly when so many people are struggling due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bristol City FC’s Matt Parsons, First Team Operations Manager, Dave Rennie, Head of Medical Performance, and Patrick Orme Head of Fitness and Conditioning, took the time to deliver the goods themselves, whilst observing social distancing measures.

Project Worker, Gaynor Major, who met the team to receive their donations, said: “We rely on donations of food, clothing, bedding and homeware to support tenants. Food donations are extremely important to us, as tenants come from challenging circumstances, and are on very little income - if any income at all. We are thrilled with Bristol City FC’s continued generosity, which will help us to support people who find themselves homeless in Scunthorpe. Pulling together as a community is really helpful in this tough climate”

Matt Parsons added: “It was great to meet Gaynor and the other volunteers who keep [Homelessness Services] open throughout December, offering shelter to people who would otherwise be on the streets. We are very fortunate to be able to be playing football at a difficult time for everyone and this is just a small offering from us to the communities that we visit as a team. It is very humbling to see the reaction and gratitude from those who receive these meals”

Pulling together as a community is really helpful in this tough climate

Gaynor Major, Project Worker

To find out more about how Sanctuary Supported Living staff support people with mental health needs, see our mental health page or read our resident stories.

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