By Alan Jones
FC United of Manchester showed plenty of seasonal goodwill in throwing open the doors of their Broadhurst Park stadium to the needy on Christmas Day.
The club said they wanted “to help provide some Christmas comforts to the homeless in Manchester” by providing hot showers, food, and a range of activities, with 30 people having volunteered their time.
Andy Cheshire, FC United’s community and education manager, said: ‘The idea derived from a conversation with Lifeshare who are our partners for annual Big Coat Day collection, where FC United supporters and wider public donate warm clothing for the homeless.
‘Lifeshare open their offices on Christmas Day but they have limited facilities for the homeless to take a shower.
‘I immediately thought that we should use our facility, as not only have we changing and shower facilities here at Broadhurst Park, we also have a large function room, kitchen facilities and access to a range of activities.
‘I liaised with Lisa Roddy at Rough Sleepers Initiatives to get the message around the city and already the response has been very positive.’