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READ | Millers and RUCST unite to support Holiday Hunger campaign with gift card initiative

23 October 2020

Rotherham United are proud to be teaming up with Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) to support the Holiday Hunger initiative which will provide a crucial service to families across the county who need a little extra help during these unprecedented times.

In collaboration with the Community Sports Trust, the club will be offering 50 supermarket gift cards to the value of £20 each to families who may need be in need of some additional support as we all look to navigate through the financial uncertainty created by the pandemic.

We know that – through no fault of their own – some families may be struggling to fill the cupboards at the moment and we would consider it our privilege to be able to support the people of Rotherham as we reaffirm the ‘United’ nature of this club with the town.

To be eligible to receive a gift card, your child must currently be entitled to receive free school meals, proof of which will be required before the cards are handed out.

We recognise that the half-term holidays may put extra financial strain on some families and have therefore made provisions to make the gift cards available for collection on Monday 26th October from either the AESSEAL New York Stadium or Parkgate Astro at 12noon.

Unfortunately, at present we are only able to offer one gift card per household, so please be considerate in giving everyone a fair chance to receive this vital support.

Rotherham United Chairman Tony Stewart, who has always championed the club’s relationship with the people of the town, expressed his pride at the opportunity to give something back to the people of a local community that has been so supportive in his time at the helm.

“This is another example of the fantastic work that the Community Sports Trust does for our town and we are incredibly honoured to be playing our part during these uncertain times,” he told www.themillers.co.uk.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has caused people’s lives to change as a result of circumstances beyond their control, whether that be reduced hours, pay or even redundancy and we are well-aware that all of these factors and others will have made home life much more challenging for people in this town.

“Many families in the area have suffered from a loss of earnings and we are hopeful that those who need the support come forward to take us up on this offer because it would be our honour to be of assistance.”

Tony Stewart, Chairman

Head of Community Jamie Noble has been instrumental in the club’s support of the Holiday Hunger campaign and indeed, throughout the pandemic and he is once again spearheading this half-term effort to help members of the local area.

“We have been here for our community for 10 years as a charity but the last seven months have been as challenging as we have known,” he explained.

“The people of the town and in turn, our staff, have been presented with new challenges and it has been great to see them adapt their roles to help wherever they have been needed.

“Our recent methods of support to the fans and people of the town have included shopping drop-offs, collecting prescriptions and dog walking among many other tasks.

“We now are here in the holidays to provide 50 families in need of a little support to provide a weeks’ worth of meals whilst the children are off school.  

“We are delighted to be supporting the Holiday Hunger campaign, it’s a great initiative which provides local communities with much needed supplies.

"It may only be a small token in the grand scheme of things but hopefully it will help the people who need it the most.”

Jamie Noble, Head of Community

(Please bring evidence of right to free school meals)

Please complete the contact form HERE to apply.


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