Salford netballers have donated more than 200 items to the city’s foodbank and the team’s old netballs to young girls in the community.
The university’s netball club, SUNC, received large bags of donations from at least 25 supporters, with only two days’ notice to their campaign.
These donations included toiletries, tampons, tinned food, nappies, pasta, milk, juice cartons, tea bags, sugar, and chocolate! The team also decided to donate their old netballs to young girls in Salford, to encourage them to continue to practice their skills during lockdown.
SUNC chairman Aoife O’Mahony said: “So proud of all the girls who gathered donations in such a short time, a real group effort to do some good in the community we live in. Hopefully, this is just the start!”
“We had 12 netballs that the club no longer used so we decided to see if we could get them out to young players in Salford just before lockdown. I had a few lovely parents come pick them up and five even went out to a school in Eccles.”
The media and publicity secretary of SUNC, Cerys Eccleston, originally came up with the idea after watching the news covering other local citizens donating food and was inspired to help the community.
Ms Eccleston said: “I posted a tweet thanking everyone for the donations we had received and tagged Marcus Rashford in it as it was also inspired by him and his free meals campaign, and he has seen it and liked it!”
SUNC also hosted a netball match between themselves and the University of Salford Men’s Rugby Union last year, raising £45 for homeless charity, Street Support.
Members also helped to raise £200 through raffles, games, and shots for breast cancer charity CoppaFeel.
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