Salford University Netball Club, SUNC, recently donated over 200 items to Salford Food Bank and the team’s old netballs to young girls in the community.
SUNC received large bags of donations from at least 25 citizens from the community, 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.
The Chairman of SUNC, 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.
Cerys 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!”
This is not the first time SUNC has successfully helped the community, as they hosted a netball match between themselves and the University of Salford Men’s Rugby Union last year.
The match helped to raise £45 to donate to the homeless charity, Street Support. SUNC also hosted a charity event for CoppaFeel, a breast cancer charity, last year.
They helped raise money through raffles, games, and shots, and effectively raised £200 for CoppaFeel.
The Salford University Netball Club hopes to continue raising donations for local charities in Salford, to keep updated with their efforts follow their Instagram.