Manchester United Foundation joins forces with Bear Grylls for initiative to help local children

Manchester United Foundation is providing thousands of activity packs for primary school children, with Bear Grylls donating three titles from his book portfolio.

The club has been a true credit throughout the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring that they grant the likes of the HSE the support they can and by delivering goods to food banks, but the Manchester United Foundation has continued its commitment to the youth whom it usually works on a daily basis in underprivileged areas of Greater Manchester.

They’ve produced activity packages, which include a watch, stationery, magazine, worksheets, and some treats. Bonnier Books UK has also donated three titles from Bear Grylls’ publishing collection to complete the package.

All in all, this sounds like a great educational lesson for young kids currently in lockdown.

John Shiels, CEO of Manchester United Foundation, said: “These packs are an intrinsic element of the work we are doing right now to give back to our community and make a difference to the young people we work with. We are extremely thankful for the generous donation of books by Bear Grylls and the team at Bonnier. They are a wonderful addition to our packs and will be hugely appreciated by the children and families, offering a sense of escapism when it is most needed.”

I think everyone will appreciate this gesture from survival and outdoor adventure expert Grylls, who said: “I’m proud to know that my books will play a small part in helping keep young people in Manchester entertained and motivated during this difficult time. Reading is the ultimate way to gain power, skills and knowledge and to explore new worlds. Those things are now more important than ever.”

Partner primary schools of Manchester United Foundation will receive the packages first, schools such as St. Luke’s R.C. Primary School in Salford.

Hannah Gaskell, primary school officer for Manchester United Foundation, said: “I work within the primary schools and some of the children probably will be struggling at this point as we see it first-hand every day. So these packs might just cheer them up a little bit and make their day better. It’s amazing that Bear Grylls is supporting the initiative; it’s going to be really helpful for the kids, even to just have a book to read as some of them won’t even have that. And the stuff inside the books is educational.”

The aim is to supply activity packs and sports equipment to thousands of children across the region to the value of £50,000 in the coming weeks.

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