Sheffield community group hails England and Manchester United star Harry Maguire as 'local hero' for help boxes

A community group has hailed former Sheffield United star Harry Maguire, now of England and Manchester United, as a “local hero” as his help boxes for vulnerable residents begin to arrive in the community.

Saturday, 18th April 2020, 9:14 am
Updated Monday, 20th April 2020, 3:11 pm

Maguire – the most expensive defender in world football – grew up in Mosborough and his family still live there today. Keen to help his local community during the lockdown, he has begun funding food boxes to be delivered to elderly and vulnerable people in and around Mosborough.

The boxes, which include essential everyday items such as bread, milk, fruit and vegetables, are provided by Mosborough-based Herrings Top Shop greengrocers and their suppliers Fields Fruit & Veg.

Harry’s Help Boxes, as locals are calling them, have now started arriving in the community following a “very big response”, according to staff at the greengrocers.

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Harry’s help parcels are being delivered throughout Mosborough, the area where he grew up.

A representative of Mosborough Community Forum has paid tribute to 27-year-old Maguire, who won the Blades Player of The Year award three consecutive times, for his goodwill gesture.

They said: “Harry Maguire is a powerful force for good for the small village of Mosborough.

“Harry demonstrates to youngsters what can be achieved, and the potential of dreams becoming reality, with drive, determination and hard work. He is the local hero who completes on the world stage, but still cares and values the community in which he was raised.”

A Mosborough community group on Facebook has been flooded with thanks and praise for Harry and everyone involved in the delivery of the boxes, and staff at Herrings have asked for patience regarding their delivery due to the level of demand.

One woman wrote: “It is so much appreciated and so very generous and thoughtful of Harry and all the team who have done a lot of work to organise and deliver.”

The Manchester United captain told The Star he still comes back to visit his home “as much as I can.”

The representative added: “We are pleased that Mosborough Community Forum was able to help connect Harry with the elderly people of Mosborough, so that they can benefit from this generous and uplifting initiative.”