Middlesbrough Football Club and its charitable arm the MFC Foundation are working to support those in need in the region during the coronavirus crisis.
The MFC Foundation, which was founded by Boro chairman Steve Gibson in 1996 and delivers programmes across Teesside, is working closely with foodbanks in the area and has made sizeable donations as well as offers of support with delivery to those in need.
Close links are being forged with local authorities, and as well as working with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council to shop and deliver food for elderly and vulnerable residents, the Foundation has supported Middlesbrough Council with the delivery of over 52,000 leaflets to homes in in the area which provide advice and guidance on the current situation and information of where residents can get help.
In East Cleveland, where the Foundation opened a new base in Loftus last year, MFCF are supporting the distribution of free school meals to 75 households a week, and food is also being donated to a local action group in the area.
Food parcels are also being developed, including Sunday lunches, for participants of the Foundation’s mental health programmes.
And a number of volunteers all joined forces last week to take a delivery of 1,900 printers which were bound for the local NHS.
Head of MFC Foundation Helena Bowman said: “As a charity working in at the heart of our local Teesside community, we have been approached for help by many individuals and organisations and the response from our staff has been tremendous.
“Working within guidelines from the Government and Public Health England, we have been able to assist across a range of requests, from shopping for and delivering loaves of bread to pensioners, to large food donations to foodbanks across the area and delivery of free school meals to families across East Cleveland.”
In addition, to the day-to-day work being undertaken, the club also donated a number of radios for use at North Tees Hospital during the crisis.