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20 December 2018

Will Grigg, Dan Burn and Michael Jacobs supported The Brick's Christmas donation drive this afternoon.

  • The Brick are Wigan Athletic's official charity of the season.
  • More than 150 Christmas hampers have been packed this week. 
  • Please text BRIK18 £5 to 70070 to donate vital funds to The Brick. 

Will Grigg, Dan Burn and Michael Jacobs visited Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Montrose Skills Hub today to help pack Christmas hampers for families across Wigan as part of the club’s ongoing support for its charity of the season.

The Brick – who help people across Wigan Borough who are homeless, in poverty or facing debt crisis – have held a Christmas donation drive at Montrose Skills Hub throughout the week, with representatives from the charity supporting 150 families ahead of the festivities.

Latics fans showed their support for The Brick’s donation drive by donating items to their collection point at the DW Stadium before the game against Derby County, while first team players Callum McManaman, Gary Roberts and Jamie Jones recently visited The Brick Works centre and the charity’s service users attended the club’s training centre on Tuesday for Christmas dinner.

Speaking at today’s event, Will said: “Coming along to support The Brick's donation drive was the least we could do because it’s really special to know that we’ll have played a small part in putting a smile on someone’s face on Christmas day.

He added: “We were given sheets which told us how many people lived in the households we were packing hampers for, so for me it was a Mother and a Father with two children and a single Mother with three children, and it really opened our eyes and made us realise how fortunate we are.”

The aim of this season's partnership is to raise £100,000 to buy The Brick Works facility, which is a centre that offers training to increase the employment opportunities for unemployed people.

Alice Coren, Re-Use and Re-Cycle coordinator for The Brick, said: “The donation drive is something The Brick have done for several years now and we do it because we want to give a little Christmas cheer to families who otherwise wouldn’t have anything to open on Christmas day.

She added: “What’s been amazing is the level of kindness that has filled up the hall at Montrose Skills Hub throughout the week from people who purely just want to give back. We’d like to thank Latics for their continued support because we couldn’t achieve what we do without their backing.”

Text BRIK18 £5 to 70070 to donate to Wigan Athletic’s charity of the season.

Click here for more information about The Brick.

Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium are committed to respecting and promoting equality and diversity across all its activities through ‘Together’.

For more information about Together, please click here.

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