There was scrum fun in Downpatrick this week as Ulster Rugby and Phoenix Natural Gas came together to bring some festive cheer and extra support for community projects in the area.
Starting off at Fountain Foodbank, Ulster Rugby senior team players Nick Timoney, Jack McGrath and Kieran Treadwell helped out with packing and distributing food parcels for families across the area, making a big difference for the volunteers at the Foodbank at their busiest time.
Volunteer co-ordinator at Fountain Foodbank Shirley Lennon was delighted to have some extra muscle at the foodbank, she said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community for our Foodbank Appeal which will help support over 130 families across Downpatrick this Christmas. The volunteers were fantastic and we were very glad to have a team of strong helpers who made light work of moving so many Christmas parcels.”
A second team of Ulster Rugby senior team volunteers, Stuart McCloskey and Billy Burns made their way to Patrician Youth Centre to take part in a rugby mini skills session with 55 local pupils from Our Lady & St Patrick’s Primary School, before answering questions from the young people attending.