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Stowmarket football club hits back of the net with food bank donation inspired by Marcus Rashford's campaign for hungry children




A football club which fields youth teams has donated over 300kg of produce to a foodbank after hearing about Premier League player Marcus Rashford’s campaign for hungry children.

Maestro’s FC, based around the Stowmarket area and headed up by coaches Liam Hawkins, Joe Cooper and Ellis Smith, came up with the plan after hearing of the sharp increase in people needing to use foodbanks in recent months.

They put out an appeal to parents of the children they coach and also chipped in around £50 each to gather as much food as possible for the Stowmarket and Area foodbank – in total they brought in 332kg, enough to feed around 10-12 families for a week.

Liam said the foodbank was more than impressed with their donation.

“When we turned up to the foodbank we wondered ‘is this enough’, and when we turned up they said ‘bloody hell’,” he said.

Mike Smith, coordinator at the foodbank, said it was an ‘amazing achievement’ by the parents, children and coaches, and a ‘heartfelt response’ to the plight of many in the area who are struggling.

The club’s Ellis Smith, Liam Hawkins, Joe Cooper with the foodbank’s Eddie Smith and Hazel SmithPhoto provided by Liam Hawkins.
The club’s Ellis Smith, Liam Hawkins, Joe Cooper with the foodbank’s Eddie Smith and Hazel SmithPhoto provided by Liam Hawkins.

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