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Northampton Town give back to local foodbank

21 December 2022

"It is just about giving back and hopefully we are helping some families who need help in some small way."

Those were the words of homegrown Northampton Town midfielder Shaun McWilliams, who paid a visit to the local Castle Hill United Reformed Church foodbank with the Cobblers to deliver items donated by supporters to Spring Lane Primary School.

The Church are now supporting 206 children of varying ages and providing these families with all ingredients for them to enjoy a full Christmas dinner while each child will receive a gift bag of age-appropriate wrapped gifts.

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Defender Aaron McGowan, who also accompanied McWilliams to the foodbank highlighted the role that the Club, whose Community Trust recently won the European Football for Development Network's More than Football Award 2022 for their Tackling Loneliness initiative, plays in the local community.

“We were pleased to help a good cause, it was great to get out and help, especially at this time of year.

"The Club does a lot in the community and this is very important. It is a big part of our job to support the community and it was really good to be able to help supporters out in these tough times. I was really impressed with what the staff at the foodbank do and we were glad to support them."

According to official figures, this year, 48% of children on the estate surrounding the church are living in poverty of which 33% are living in severe poverty.

Cobblers skipper Jon Guthrie said: “As captain of the Club that does a lot of community work this is very important. The Club is very hands on with the community and it is important that we as players do all we can to support that."

And Mitch Pinnock added: "I have helped out at things like this before and it is a great thing to do. It helps put a smile on some faces and makes things a bit easier at this time of year."

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Images: Pete Norton


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