Canaries’ old boy in charity foodbank appeal
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Former Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett is urging everyone to think of the most vulnerable in society after he stepped in to help a foodbank charity.
Bennett delivered supplies to a foodbank in his hometown of Telford earlier this week, which has mirrored many other foodbanks across the country in seeing a sharp drop in supplies during the on going global pandemic.
“It’s a charity I’ve helped out before and they were telling me that they’ve had to provide 150 food parcels in the space of three days due to the schools closing,” said the Blackburn skipper, speaking to Rovers’ official site.
“I thought that the shops were manic anyway, so me and a few of the lads felt that we’d do our local shop at 6am and get whatever we could for the charity.
“The organisation came back to me with a list of things that would really help them out, so me and my wife loaded up the car and dropped everything off.
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“They were fully appreciative of it, but it’s just a small thing really.
“It’s hard enough for people to shop right now, with the amount of food that is going and the queues, but there are people who aren’t in as fortunate a position as I am, so it was nice to help out.”
Members of Norwich City’s current squad have hit the phones to offer reassurance to some of their older supporters while Tim Krul revealed he had also arranged food supplies for a 94-year-old near neighbour.
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Bennett, who was part of two promotion-winning teams during his City stint, feels footballers should try and do whatever they can in unprecedented times. “If everyone comes together then hopefully we’ll come out the other side much stronger,” he said. “Craig Conway (ex-Rovers team mate) messaged me to say he was going to do it at his local foodbank. If one person, like Craig, can go and help out his local foodbank, then hopefully there will be lots of people that benefit.
“The shops are crazy at the moment. There are vulnerable people out there who need support. In these situations, the extraordinary times, everybody needs to come together with that community spirit.”