Walney Island Yellows U11’s have been adding to Barrow’s Christmas spirit.

With the help of Barrow’s Age UK, the junior football team delivered Christmas hampers to families across the area last Saturday.

Assistant Coach Ross Longmire revealed that the festive hampers were well received.

He said: “All the people that received the hampers were well overjoyed.

“We had a few tears at the doors because they just didn’t expect it whatsoever and just shows how much of a great gesture it was.

“They were all just over the moon and I hope the team have given them a better Christmas.”

Team Manager Andy Ireland had organised and put the hampers together.

The side were separated into pairs of two, before delivering their hampers to residents.

As a result of their impressive community work, Ross revealed that he was delighted by the team’s efforts.

He said: “Me and Andy are very proud of them all.

“We are over the moon with the attitude they have shown.”

South Walney councillor Frank Cassidy added: “After the year we have had these Christmas hampers will bring some welcome festive cheer to our older

residents and everyone connected with this initiative deserves a pat on the back.

“I am not surprised there were a few tears on the doorsteps.

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“The young players, helpers and officials are a credit to themselves and to the football club while the teams at Age UK make a massive contribution to our

communities all year round.”

Furthermore, the team purchased and donated toys to Project John’s Christmas Present Appeal.

In November, the team had also embarked on a fundraising campaign for local charities.

The squad’s challenge was to run 15 miles in 15 days.

Remarkably, the team had managed to raise £2,210 for charities in the area.

Ross believes the community work has kept the team active during a difficult year.

He explained: "Andy wanted to keep the children busy during lockdown.

"With the current situation being stuck in the house, it is a good thing to keep the kids out and active."