Wasps stars to serve Christmas dinner for Salvation Army

Date: 11 Dec 2019

Wasps players are visiting Coventry next week to cook Christmas dinner for those in need this festive season.

Jimmy Gopperth, Tommy Taylor and Ben Harris will be visiting The Salvation Army’s Gateway hostel on Adelaide Street - just one part of our homelessness service in the city - on Wednesday 18 December.

The trio are visiting an event that is hosting a traditional turkey roast lunch for around 30 residents and visitors, and will be helping the party of volunteers to make the day special for Gateway residents and visitors.

They will also be handing out mince pies and items that were recently donated by the Club’s supporters at Ricoh Arena such as clothing, food and children’s toys.

The Salvation Army at Gateway is partnered with ‘Citizen’, who manage and maintain the building and has 52 residents who have experienced homelessness.

Many of the residents have been helped into warm and safe accommodation from rough sleeping, or where they have needed emergency accommodation. Residents are looking to find longer-term sustainable accommodation and looking to gain training for employment or enhancing their current skills.

The players’ appearances come as the Club prepares to take on Harlequins in a big Gallagher Premiership clash at Ricoh Arena on Saturday 21 December in front of a bumper crowd.

Aimee Richardson, Charities and Marketing Executive at Wasps, said: “Some of the players have heard about how their teammates Rob Miller and Tommy Taylor regularly help out at the soup kitchen at the Helping Hands charity in Leamington, which has prompted them to do something similar over the festive period.

“Christmas is one of the most difficult times of the year for disadvantaged communities but if we can make a difference to even one person’s day this Christmas, by providing a hot meal, a gift, and a chat, then it will have been worth it.

“The Club’s supporters have been extremely generous in donating food, clothes and toys at previous matches, and going out into the community to deliver these items is the really rewarding part.”

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