Over in Ingleby Barwick, Boro stars Jonny Howson, Patrick Bamford, Ryan Shotton, Lewis Baker and Grant Leadbitter made a special visit to the area’s local care home to spread some joy with the residents.
The five players joined a group of graduates of MFC Foundation’s recent National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, who had recently completed the four-week course this summer.
The group socialised with the residents and their families, chatting, posing for photos and signing autographs, as well as playing a number of games including balloon tennis, bingo and giant connect four.
The national citizen service (NCS) is a flagship government programme for young people aged between 15-17. Offering something for everyone, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to find your identity, take control of your life and channel your energy into making a real difference to your local community.
The participants have now gone on to continue their studies through further education and apprenticeships, but we still very keen to help promote the Foundation’s Week of Action through NCS.
Jessica Breach already spends a lot of her spare time volunteering with the elderly, and she could feel the impact the players’ visit had on the care home.
“They have experienced so much in their lives, and their stories are absolutely fascinating. When I got the call to lend a hand, in true NCS spirit I was always going to say ‘yes’.
“The players were great with the residents; listening to their tales and sharing a laugh or two. You could see they were all made up to have them share some time with them.”
The residents were even treated to a little sing-song as Boro striker Patrick Bamford wowed the families with his musical talents on the piano.
“It was an absolute pleasure to visit the care home, and we all hope everyone enjoyed the afternoon,” said Bamford.
“There were many residents there who were watching Middlesbrough the play ten, twenty, and even thirty years before I was even born, so it was good to hear some of their passionate stories.”
“It’s great to give a little bit back to the people who support the club, and with the Foundation I think we really put some smiles on some faces.”
Jonny Larkin, MFC Foundation’s NCS Coordinator added: “We have developed a great relationship with Hill Care and our NCS participants have been coming for a few years now.
“It’s an honour to be able to be part of such a fantastic day. Everyone here at Ingleby Care home; the residents, families and staff are always so welcoming and it’s great for us to be able to give something back.
“Everyone at MFC Foundation would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making it a great day.”