Leek players pitch in with charity donation

Players from Leek Town have donated money earmarked for their end of season party to local charity, The Hubb Foundation.

With Covid-19 putting a stop to their season and the planned event, the players decided to pool the money towards a good cause.

They opted for The Hubb Foundation, which is delivering regular food and educational activity packages to thousands of families during the pandemic.

Leek Town chairman Jon Eeles, and players Marc Grocott and Tim Grice, headed to Vale Park - home to the charity - to see first-hand the work it is carrying out across the city.

Founded in 2019 by businesswoman and Port Vale Football Club owner, Carol Shanahan, The Hubb Foundation usually provides a lifeline for families and children in the Stoke-on-Trent area, with free activities and free meals during the school holidays.

Since the pandemic took hold, it has stepped up its work to support those most in need, delivering over 100,000 meals, as well as educational activities and welfare packs to homes across the city.

Jon Eeles, said: “Every year our players generate their own funds for an end of season party. Obviously this year that cannot take place due to Covid-19, but the team wanted to do something with the money and put it back into the community. After they heard about the work The Hubb Foundation does, it was a very easy decision for them to offer their support.”

Former Port Vale defender Adam Yates, The Hubb Foundation’s community manager, played for Leek Town early in his career. He said: “We are really grateful to Leek Town for their support. It’s great to see football coming together in this way to help make a difference to families most in need in these unprecedented times.”

Jon Eeles added "As a Chairman I am very proud that the players have donated some of their funds to charity, particularly The Hubb. And I think its great that teams in Staffordshire, non league and professional Clubs, are working together and giving something back to the Community."

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