Rugby fans donate 78 trays of food benefiting local communities

Crates of food donated to Fareshare.

Rugby League fans are being asked to extend their generosity by donating one non-perishable item at two summer matches, following the success of the previous collections.

Collections were held at two matches in April where over 78 trays of food were donated.

Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Stephen Brady said: “I’m delighted with the response we had earlier in the year and I’d like to thank those who donated. As always, it’s great to see the city pull together to make a difference to local communities.

“I hope rugby league fans can extend their generosity again as we aim for every fan to bring along one item of non-perishable food.”

Linda Conway from FairShare said: “Following the donations received we were able to give out food parcels to those families who need it the most, via ten local primary schools. These donations will have made a massive difference to children and families in the more deprived areas of Hull.”

Further food collections will be taking place at Hull FC’s match on Saturday 17 August and Hull KR’s match on Sunday 8 September. Fans are asked to bring along one non-perishable item such as long life milk and fruit juice, cordials, pasta, rice, tinned meat and vegetables, toiletries and sanitary wear.

Mike Smith, CEO of Hull KR said: “We’d like to thank our supporters for the kindness and the community spirit they showed through their donations of food at the last Teaming up for Families collection. On 8 September, we are asking every Hull KR supporter who can donate, to bring one item. Put together, these donations will make a real difference to those families who are going through tough times.”

James Clark, Hull FC Chief Executive said: “Our fans have a proud history of community involvement and bringing along one item to the match is an act of kindness that will benefit local people.”

Collection points for donations will be:

·         the Dugout Bar at the KCOM and Hull and Proud Festival in West Park on Saturday 17 August when Hull FC takes on Salford Red Devils

·         the fan hubs at Craven Park on Sunday 8 September when Hull KR’s match is against the London Broncos .

This Teaming up for Families project is an element of the Teaming up for Health initiative which includes Hull KR, Hull FC, Hull Clinical Commissioning Group and Public Health Hull and works with organisations across the city to use rugby league to engage people in positive health and well-being activities.

L-R: Brad Fash, Bureta Faraimo, Councillor Rosie Nicola, Rufus the Robin & James Greenwood. Teaming Up for Families.

Next collections:
17th August @ West Park
8th September @ Craven Park

If you are a rugby fan please donate what you can. One tin can make a difference to children and families who are living in food insecurity.

Please kindly donate ambient, long life items only. No fresh items please as they will spoil before delivery to schools.

[Anna Pilgrim – Hull City Council]