31st December 2020 Community Player of the Year – Billy Clarke
Over Christmas 2020 Bradford City’s Community Foundation delivered 1,500 free meals to those at risk - across the Bradford district. Beginning on Monday (December 21) and running through until Friday January 1, club officials provided vulnerable children, young people and families with 150 meals per day, engaging with over 500 families in total. This follows work done over this year’s October half-term, where the club’s Community Foundation provided 750 meals to vulnerable youngsters - having obtained a grant from Bradford Council. On Christmas Day, families received Christmas-style meals which aimed to ensure those at risk do not miss out, over the festive period. In addition, the Community Foundation donated a ‘goody bag’ to every child liaised with - on Christmas Day. Bradford City Community Foundation business development officer, Qasim Akhtar - who has organised and provided the service - said: “We were delighted to be in a position to support our local community once again, especially over the festive period.“ It has been an exceedingly difficult year for everyone - some more than others - so to support people within our community is something we see as a vital responsibility. “We wanted to ensure everybody in the local community, whether they celebrate Christmas or not, could enjoy the festive period. Things seem to be getting increasingly difficult and we are working hard on various provisions to continue our support for the local community."
On the 31st December Billy Clarke, volunteered to help out for the day. The food that we were giving out on this day was pizza and Billy along with a couple other volunteers helped to package all of the food before it got delivered. Once the food was ready to be delivered, Billy went around the areas of BD1 and BD2 and delivered to 12 houses within these areas. In total, Billy delivered 40 meals across these 12 households. The time taken to deliver all of these meals was around 2 hours so it was quite a lengthy afternoon. Having Billy Clarke volunteer was a massive helping hand to us and we are grateful for what he did that day. Billy said ‘it was great to be helping out the foundation and the local community with food donations’
Head of Community, Ian Ormondroyd, said ‘"t has been great to have been able to help the community over the Christmas period, hopefully this will continue going forward whilst we are still in lockdown, thanks to Bradford Council for sharing their funding with us to make this possible. Many thanks to Billy for helping our staff and volunteers for the afternoon on new years eve, much appreciated"