STOKE CITY star Matthew Etherington helped deliver festive cheer to over 200 older residents of Blurton yesterday, thanks to the Potters' Community Trust partner, The Co-operative.
The City winger attended Blurton's Community Hub where he, along with staff and the local Residents' Association, The Co-operative Food and volunteers from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, handed out Co-operative festive packs to nominated residents.
The packs contained some Co-operative festive treats to help the recipients enjoy a special Christmas and New Year.
"The packs have been really well received by everyone today and it's a tremendous project to be involved with," said Matthew at the event.
"The aim of the Stoke City Community Trust is to not only encourage people of all ages to get involved in sport, especially football, we also want to reach out to other groups of people within the local community and this a great way to do that.
"We have all worked well together today to make it happen and spread some cheer by having a few laughs as a team and with the residents.
"It's been a great day and now I know how hard Santa has to work on Christmas Eve!"
Lee Poynton, Store Manager at The Co-operative Food on Finstock Avenue in Blurton added, "Christmas is traditionally a time for giving and our Co-operative festive packs are an ideal way for The Co-operative to demonstrate its commitment to a very deserving group of older residents within the local community.
"Today has been a great example of teamwork, between the local Residents’ Association, The Co-operative and its local partner, Stoke City Community Trust, with help from our friends at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue."