HARRY MAGUIRE has stressed the importance of helping each other after setting up a scheme to aid the elderly at the Yorkshire village where he grew up.
The Manchester United captain has already played a key role in the forming of #PlayersTogether, the Premier League movement which will see players donate large chunks of their salaries to the NHS.
But Maguire is also arranging food parcels to be sent to the over 70s in Mosborough, near Sheffield.
The England centre-back said: “My family and I hope that this provides a small comfort to people who might be struggling.
“I am very proud of my Mosborough roots – it’s where I grew up and where my family still live.
"I come back to visit everyone as much as I can. There’s always been a real sense of community in the area which is more important than ever at the moment.
“In times like these you think a lot about your loved ones and those that are more elderly. So, I just wanted to do something to help those who need it most.
"Herrings Top Shop is a bit of an institution in Mosborough, so my dad and I approached them about creating food packages of everyday essentials to those aged 70-and-over – or their carers – in the local area.
“Herrings have been brilliant in helping us to make this happen, as have their suppliers Fields Fruit & Veg who are going to carry out all of the deliveries – so it’s been an incredible team effort so far.
“Like everyone, I’m keeping to the government advice and trying to make the best of the situation.
"My daughter is too young to understand what’s going on right now, but she’ll read about these times in the years to come.”
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Maguire also admits he is proud of his grass surface at home.
He said: “I’m also keeping active and following the training programme that United have given me within the confines of my back garden!
"It’s not quite Old Trafford but I still take pride in keeping the grass in good nick. I also keep in touch with all my teammates and have found that contact to be really important – as well as family of course.”
Maguire, who pockets £190,000 a week, was approached by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward about the idea of donating 30 per cent of a month's wages to the NHS.
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