Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been praised by Mosborough residents after he arranged for food packages to be delivered to elderly people in the village.
The parcels, containing essential food items such as bread, milk and vegetables, have been made free and available to over-70s who live in Mosborough.
Grace Tissington, whose parents received a parcel, said: “My Mum & Dad said the parcels were full of fresh produce, and were really grateful as they are currently both on the 1.5 million list that are having to shield, so are unable to go to the shops themselves.
“They said it really put a smile on both their faces in these tough times. It really shows you in these tough times how important it is for communities to come together & help each other.”
Maguire initially contacted Mosborough Community Forum with the idea for the parcels. They spread the word that he had arranged for the parcels to be made up and distributed by local businesses, Herrings Top Shop and Fields Fruit & Veg.
Mosborough Community Forum said Maguire wanted to do his bit to help elderly people while they are stuck at home due to COVID-19.
Jamie Turner, who ordered a parcel for her 80-year-old father-in-law, said: “We are really thankful to Harry and all at Herrings and the people that have helped out with this.
“I think it’s a good idea because some people have no family that are able to help out getting shopping.”
The response from members of the community has been vast, with many thanking Maguire for his support of vulnerable people and local businesses on Facebook and Twitter.
Jackie Wilford Claydon said: “It was lovely to know, although Harry is the most expensive defender and at the top of his game, he still has his feet on the ground and thought about the older folk from his local village.
“Knowing they will all be isolating and struggling to get out for fresh produce. It meant so much to them. I know my mum was quite overwhelmed and truly appreciated the gift.”
Hundreds of parcels have been sent out already and will continue to be sent out this week.
A representative from Mosborough Community Forum said: “Harry Maguire is a powerful force for good for the small village of Mosborough. Harry demonstrates to youngsters what can be achieved, and the potential of dreams becoming reality with drive, determination and hard work.
“He is the local hero who competes on the World stage, but still cares and values the community in which he was raised.
“We are pleased that Mosborough Community Forum was able to help connect Harry with the elderly people of Mosborough, so that they can benefit from this generous and uplifting initiative.”