Accrington Stanley Football Club, in partnership with Julie Hesmondhalgh (Hayley from Coronation Street 1998 – 2014), Scott Dawson Advertising, and the Official Accrington Stanley Supporters Club (OASSC), are appealing for food supplies for local charity Maundy Relief.

The collection will take place on Saturday 14 December from 1-3pm, before their home match against Portsmouth. Portsmouth fans are also invited to donate to the foodbank.

Fans, families and members of the community are asked to bring along whatever food items they can spare to the match against Portsmouth on the weekend.

Julie Hesmondhalgh, herself a proud Accringtonion, made an emotional plea:

“Christmas is a really difficult time for a lot of families, and your donations will be so massively appreciated by people in Accrington and the surrounding area. Please bring whatever you can spare, tins, tea, coffee sugar, all the staples are needed.”

Maundy Relief are known in the Hyndburn community for being a frontline response team who immediately help anyone in need, when they have nowhere else to turn. Their services are open to all and include help with physical, mental, and emotional health.

The collected food items will be transported to Maundy Relief’s drop-in centre which is on Charter Street, Accrington. The items will be used for food parcels that are available to all those in need throughout the local area.

John Coleman, Manager of Accrington Stanley, commented:

“Last year’s event was a great success, the food lasted people for months. It’s something we should all be mindful of. If people have to choose between heating and eating this Christmas, it’s time to give.”

Murray Dawson, Managing Director at Scott Dawson Advertising, added:

“We are really hoping the community will come together and support this appeal for one of the local charities who do so much for other people. We head up the #AmazingAccrington initiative which is all about giving our community the boost it deserves. We are incredibly proud to be a part of this and we hope you will be too.”

In addition to the collection on Saturday, the OASSC shop in Accrington Market will also be acting as a drop off point for food donations from this Friday.

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