Families across Preston were able to enjoy an unforgettable matchday experience thanks to the generosity of one Preston North End fan.
North End supporter Anthony McDonald, the same gentleman who donated the mascot place for the 100-year-old mascot earlier in the season, marked Christmas by donating 24 hospitality tickets to single parent and under privileged families.
Parents and children were able to enjoy a pre-match stadium tour, a meal in the Greats’ Room and tickets to watch PNE secure a 1-0 win against Sheffield United in the Executive area of the Sir Tom Finney Stand, all thanks to Anthony.
The motive behind Anthony’s gesture, as he too grew up in a single parent family was because he wanted children who are currently in a similar position to him when he was growing up to not miss out on the same opportunities.
To reach out and offer this wonderful opportunity, North End seeked the help of Home-Start Central Lancashire, an independent local charity who work with families and children across Preston.
The charity, whose aim is to make a positive difference to the lives of children and parents, worked with the club to pick out the families who’d appreciate the opportunity to watch the match in style.
On the gesture, CEO of Home-Start Angela Melling said: “This was a wonderful opportunity for the families who attended - it was a very special day which they will remember for a long time. A big thank you to Anthony for making this possible - a very generous gesture which was greatly appreciated.”
Commercial Manager at Preston North End, Olivia Hanvey said: “We are delighted to have been able to offer the opportunity thanks to Anthony, and hope the experience is one that the parents and children will not forget anytime soon.”
To find out more about the work of HomeStart Central Lancashire, visit their website: www.homestartcentrallancs.org.uk.