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Local grassroots football club, Earls Hall United are heading a drive to provide free packed lunches for needy children in the Southend-area.
United, along with The Railway public house in Prittlewell, are supporting the scheme which will see the lunch packages dispatched from the clubs’ Bournes Green Park ground every day this week.
Sheryl MacRae, secretary of the popular Southend Borough & District Football Combination League outfit, took up the story.
“The Free Packed Lunch giveaway has all come about because of our manager, Ronnie Docherty,” she told Yellow Sport.
“Ronnie called me on Friday, asking what I thought about the club, in partnership with the pub, providing a free packed lunch for kids in the local area. Obviously, I agreed – it was a great idea.
“After a meeting with Keeley White from The Railway, it snowballed from there. Within a day, the kitchen was packed with donations, thanks to the generosity of people connected with the football club as well as patrons of the pub.”
Mrs MacRae continued: “Myself, Ronnie, Mandy Offer, Keeley, Brad Peters and Karl Dawkins will be taking turns at Bournes Green Park from 11am to 1:30pm during the week, providing a free packed lunch for the children.
“No matter what their situation is, we will ask no questions. The lunch bag will consist of a sandwich, crisps, fruit, chocolate bar, cake and drink.
“This has been a tough time for everyone so anyone who wishes to come over and join us for tea or coffee and a chat, they are more than welcome. Ronnie will also be organising a kickabout for any children interested in joining in.”
“We’d like to thank everyone who made a donation. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity as well as showing our gratitude to Ronnie for getting the Bournes Green free packed lunch scheme up and running.”