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Schoolchildren given Newcastle United goodies for Christmas from Newcastle United Foundation

The joint efforts of organisations dedicated to helping communities in need will see 250 schoolchildren receive a bumper pack of gifts and Newcastle United goodies in time for Christmas Day.

Volunteering Newcastle United Foundation staff are handing out activity packs containing Newcastle United gloves, hat and scarf, Puma football, United stationery, stickers, autograph book and pen, as well as mixed sport activity sets, family games and Christmas arts and crafts.

Each child will also receive books or football annuals, gingerbread set or puzzle book, with each activity pack also topped off with a festive chocolate selection box to share with loved ones.

With lockdown restrictions disrupting delivery of the Foundation’s United Futures programme in schools this year, the charity arm of the Magpies and its partners agreed to repurpose funding into gift donations for schoolchildren at Christmas.

Steve Beharall, Head of Newcastle United Foundation, said: “It has been an incredible challenging year for everyone, but especially for young people who have missed school, socialising and playing together during the pandemic.

“Our Foundation aims to ensure no child is left behind and thanks to the generosity of our partners and our own staff volunteering their time and resources, we hope to give children and teenagers a little boost this Christmas.”

Each Christmas activity pack has been hand-prepared at St. James’ Park by volunteering Newcastle United Foundation staff following strict safety guidelines on site.

To limit contact within school bubbles, deliveries will be made to schools with teaching staff then handing out the packs to pupils.

Robertson Construction Group – the company building the Foundation’s new home, NUCASTLE – is also supplying vans and staff to help transport the packs safely, on top of donating 400 selection boxes to be included in the packs.

Youngsters at Grace College and Heworth Grange in Gateshead, George Stephenson High School, North Tyneside, Hilton Primary Academy, Blakelaw, and North Gosforth Academy, Seaton Burn, will benefit from the generosity of funding partners..

The five academies that form the North East Academy Trust in Benfield, Walker and Walkergate will also receive the goodie bags in the run-up to December 25th.

Elaine Flynn, Newcastle United Foundation Partnerships Coordinator, said: “We are delighted to be delivering activity packs to hundreds of young people, which we hope helps enrich their time at home this Christmas.

“Our Foundation uses the power of the Newcastle United crest to reach out and engage young people in our community, opening their world up to opportunities through education, sport and skill-building which they may not have considered otherwise.

“Little gestures like these are making a real difference in these children’s lives and we are very grateful for the continued support of our partners and donors to create better futures for disadvantaged communities.”

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