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27 November 2020

As Christmas 2020 draws nearer, and particularly in this unprecedented year of the Covid pandemic, we are delighted to announce the renewal of our charitable affiliation with Manchester’s Wood Street Mission.

Wood Street Mission has been helping disadvantaged children and their families across Manchester and Salford for over 150 years – which by coincidence gives them virtually the same foundation date as Swinton Lions.

In its fight against poverty, Wood Street Mission provides practical help to meet children’s day-to-day needs and improve their life chances.

It promotes engagement in in education by helping families with the costs of going to school, and it runs holiday book clubs to promote reading and literacy.

Wood Street Mission also raises awareness about child poverty by holding events and giving talks at schools and businesses.

It helps thousands of children and their families every year, and their services are free to access on referral.

Our intention is to support Wood Street Mission in whatever way we can throughout 2021 and beyond, including the allocation of a Charity Day alongside one of our home fixtures, but our immediate objective is to assist their Christmas Appeal.

“We feel privileged to have this opportunity to support them”

The Lions’ Operations Director Steve Wild said, “Although at Swinton Lions our central objective is of course the provision of professional rugby league, we also take great pride in contributing positively to the health and well-being of the wider community.

“As a family orientated club ourselves we have tremendous respect for the ongoing work of Wood Street Mission.

“We feel privileged to have this opportunity to support them, and to make a genuine difference to Christmas for children across Manchester and Salford.”

On behalf of Wood Street Mission, Des Lynch said, “It’s fantastic news that Swinton Lions RLFC has chosen to support Wood Street in this way.

“They are not just a rugby club, but a community organisation that cares and we are grateful that they are so committed to helping children from struggling families in Manchester and Salford.”

Fellow Lions’ director Lindsey Smethills has kindly agreed to allow the White Swan in Swinton to be used as a collection point. So books, toys, games etc appropriate for children aged 0 to 14 – complete and in good condition please – may be deposited at the White Swan, 186 Worsley Road, Swinton M27 5SN, on Mondays to Thursdays, between 6pm and 8pm, from 30th November to 17th December.

Or for more information see the Wood Street Mission posters on our social media, or visit www.woodstreetmission.org.uk/christmas


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