Newcastle star Allan Saint-Maximin donates care packages to NHS staff

Generous Newcastle star Allan Saint-Maximin donates over 60 care packages containing shop gift vouchers and chocolates to NHS staff as he salutes ‘real heroes’ on the Covid-19 frontline

  • French winger teamed up with the Magpies Foundation to distribute over 60 care packages to NHS staff fighting Covid-19 in the city
  • The gifts included high street gift vouchers and luxury French chocolates
  • Saint-Maximin has become a Newcastle fan favourite since his arrival in 2019
  • He said he wanted to ‘applaud the real heroes’ keeping the public safe and well

Kind-hearted Newcastle United star Allan Saint-Maximin has shown his appreciation for the city’s NHS workers by distributing dozens of care packages.

The French winger said he wanted to salute ‘the real heroes’ on the frontline in the battle against Covid-19.

Saint-Maximin, 24, linked up with the Newcastle United Foundation to help deliver more than 60 packages containing gift cards for high street shops and luxury French chocolates.

Kind-hearted Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin teamed up with the club’s Foundation to donate over 60 care packages to NHS staff on the Covid-19 frontline

Staff from the Foundation distributed the gifts from Saint-Maximin to NHS workers

Each package contained a message from Saint-Maximin, who has become a firm fans’ favourite at St James’ Park since signing from Nice in August 2019.

The note read: ‘To our real heroes.

‘Game after game, I am fortunate to be warmly applauded by people from Newcastle! But this time I wanted to be the one who’s applauding, I wanted to applaud you, the best team of my city, the hospital medical staff of Newcastle!

‘I have great respect for what you did! Thank you for being there for us, Allan SAINT-MAXIMIN.’

And he told the Foundation’s website: ‘We are in an incredibly fortunate situation as footballers as we know we are very privileged.

‘The work the NHS staff and key workers at places like foodbanks have been doing here is inspirational and it makes you want to help as much as possible.

Saint-Maximin wanted to give something back to the ‘real heroes’ in the health service

‘I would like to thank everyone for all of their amazing work and to celebrate the real heroes of my city. These guys are all incredible and they are doing a wonderful job.’

Staff at the Foundation were able to deliver Saint-Maximin’s gifts while keeping Covid safe.

The player has worked closely with the Foundation in the past, meeting staff and volunteers at Newcastle’s West End Foodbank.

Steve Beharall, Head of Newcastle United Foundation, said: ‘This donation is a great gesture from Allan and we’re delighted we can help him distribute the gifts safely and to key workers in our community who deserve so much thanks for their hard work over the last 12 months.’

The French winger has become a St James’ Park fan favourite since he joined the club in 2019

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive, Dame Jackie Daniel, said: ‘It’s been a very tough and challenging year for our staff, but the level of gratitude and support we have received from our patients, the public and local businesses – both to the Trust and to Newcastle Hospitals Charity – has been truly remarkable and really helped to pull us through this pandemic.

‘These care packages are a lovely gesture from Allan Saint-Maximin and our thanks go to him and to Newcastle United Foundation, whose incredible work makes such a difference in local communities.’

Newcastle, just three points above the Premier League relegation zone, face a hugely important game at Burnley on Sunday. 

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