Port Vale’s Foundation Trust have thanked the public and businesses for their support in helping the community.
The Trust have also revealed that among those helping out is first-team left back Cristian Montano who has been doing a weekly food shop to donate.
The Trust, which is Vale’s community scheme, is into its third week of delivering food and care packages, having provided 863 in the first fortnight. The food and supplies have come from businesses and also members of the public who have driven past to put items in the collection point opposite the main entrance at Vale Park.
Vale’s head of community Tom Sherratt explained: “Monty has donated food and also a cash donation.
“I think that’s fantastic. He’s been brilliant to understand the circumstances and give something back. He contacted us to ask how he could help. At first it was some money and then he asked if we were short of anything. So, we told him what we need and he did a weekly shop and brought that in.
“We’ve used that to go out to the Foundation’s vulnerable participants.”
Montano was put in touch with the Foundation after contacting Patrick Shanahan, son of owners Carol and Kevin, and administration assistant at the club.
The left back says he just wants to do his bit to help. He explained: “I feel like I’m in a good position, healthy, mentally and physically, and am capable of getting food and things my family need. But I thought about the people who aren’t able to do that.
“I spoke to Tom and donated some funds, and then have been buying food and taking it to the club for the Foundation.”
The Foundation Trust is part of a community hub at Port Vale which has been formed by Carol and Kevin Shanahan in response to the coronavirus crisis. So, they are sharing knowledge and resources with the football club, the Hubb Foundation charity of which Carol is founder and a trustee, and the Synectics Solutions business also owned by the Shanahans.
Montano added: “What the club is doing is amazing. It goes to show that the club is more like a family. We can’t give people the buzz and excitement of playing football now, but the club is able to give them something back.
“It’s not for publicity, it is because the club now does things from the bottom of their heart. Carol and Kevin have installed that family feel.
“With everything that’s going on, you realise what is important in life – your health, your family and some food under your roof. The club is providing that for a lot of people in Stoke-on-Trent.”
The football season was suspended on March 13 and clubs are waiting to see when the professional game can resume.