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Foundation & City Cruises Create Christmas Magic For Local Families

20th December 2021

The team at York City Football Club Foundation have been providing gifts and festive cheer to young people facing Christmas from their beds at York Hospital for over a decade.

This year, in addition to gift bags donated to York Hospital, YCFC Foundation alongside support from City Cruises have purchased a pallet of over 120 presents which will be distributed via the City of York Council Community Hubs over the coming week.

YCFC Foundation Manager, Paula Stainton, commented on the Foundation’s donations: “For many of us, Christmas is a magical time, however after a particularly challenging year, for some families Christmas will cause added stress and difficulty. Recognising the growing need to help on a wider scale, we wanted to step up our support this festive season.”

“Donating these presents will make a huge difference to families, it will relieve some pressures on parents, and it will bring a lot of smiles to the faces of children at this time of year. As the effects of the pandemic continue to grow, we couldn’t face the thought of children in our home city not receiving presents this Christmas and we are overjoyed to have the support of City Cruises to enable us to make this magic happen.”

The pandemic has hit the city’s economic activity and continues to affect low-income households with the pressure on families only increasing, with the number of children eligible for free school meals in York totalling more than 3500, the highest since records began.

On behalf of City Cruises, General Manager and lifelong York City fan Jo Dykes said: “We really appreciate the amazing work York City FC Foundation do for families and the community in York. We’ve been running Santa Experiences for 20 years at City Cruises and the delight it brings to young children is our motivation to keep it going year after year!”

“Sadly though, some families can’t see Santa. We don’t believe any child should miss out on the joy of Christmas which is why we’re delighted to support the fantastic work of YCFC Foundation as they provide gifts across the Community Hubs of York this Christmas!”

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