Wigan Athletic invited a group of service users from local charity, The Brick, to have Christmas dinner with the Club’s players and staff on Tuesday afternoon.
The Sky Bet Championship side welcomed 12 individuals who have either been affected by or are helping overcome homelessness to their base near Chorley alongside the charity, which helps people in need access housing, advice and support.
The guests enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the training centre before sitting down with manager Paul Cook and the First-Team players and staff for a beautifully-prepared roast and sharing their experiences of The Brick’s work.
Speaking about the afternoon, Latics captain Sam Morsy said: “This is an amazing charity and one which we heavily support. It’s great to have these guys with us today.
“The first time I worked with The Brick, my partner was due with our baby and at that time in my life it really hit home how lucky we are as footballers.
“There are going to be people sleeping rough over Christmas and it can happen to anyone. It’s so important that we do our bit.”
One of the visitors in attendance was 32-year-old Oliver Foster, who was open and honest about the drug addiction which saw his fortunes take a turn for the worse.
“I had my own company for about 10 years but suffered with a drug addiction and the inevitable happened,” he said.
“I ended up homeless and that’s when I turned towards The Brick. They’ve given me support through social workers and help with my mental health. I’m now finding my feet again and it’s massive. I don’t want to go back to where I was before.
“Coming here today has been absolutely fantastic. It’s not every day you get to have dinner with footballers and I’ll be keeping an eye out for Wigan’s results now.”
To find out more about The Brick’s work, click here.