Every year the club honours "Champion Caring Children" from the local area by inviting them to the Riverside for an unforgettable Christmas Party.

Yvonne Ferguson, the club’s Head of Supporter Services, said: “This is one of our highlights of the year. It’s our way of giving back something to youngsters in our community.

“There’s children who look after siblings who are fighting illness, or have sadly lost parents or family members in tragic circumstances. There’s children who thrive on good deeds, shopping for an elderly neighbour or caring for a sick relative, and it’s our aim to give our Champion Caring Children a fun-filled afternoon at a party that promises to be one of the best on Teesside.”

Along with an appearance from the management and the players, there are plenty of activities, including a visit from Father Christmas, a balloon modeller and face painters courtesy of McDonald's, and lots of fun creative activities courtesy of WHSmith Teesside Park.

Children can make birdfeeders with Tees Valley Wildlife – a particular favourite activity for Adama Traore two years ago – while our own MFC Foundation will be providing fun activities.

Each child will be given a book courtesy of The National Literacy Trust along with vouchers from Frankie & Benny’s, Hollywood Bowl and Nando's. SPAR will be providing lots of goodies, and the party will also feature Boro mascot Roary the Lion, Bee-Active from Everyone Active, Bumper from Hollywood Bowl and Barci from Nando's while food and music will be laid on. 

Supporters are invited to nominate youngsters for places at the Champion Children’s Christmas Party, which takes place at the Riverside on Tuesday December 17 (2pm).

Entries must be sent to supporters@mfc.co.uk by the closing date of Monday December 2.