Salford Red Devils Foundation continue to serve the local community, despite the current limitations on their usual activity.
Through work alongside Salford Council, the NHS and Rugby League Cares, the foundation have provided essential support to some of the area’s most vulnerable people.
Foundation Manager, Neil Blackburn said: “Rugby league has been at the heart of the City of Salford for over 100 years, providing entertainment and support to its amazing community.
“We’re a community club and at this worrying and uncertain time for everyone, we need to ensure that we remain focussed on supporting and providing help to those in need wherever possible.”
The foundation have volunteered their services through Salford CVS, as they undertake part of ‘The Spirit of Salford’ response to deliver medication and food to those residents that are unable to safely obtain them personally.
Neil Blackburn and head of youth, Danny Barton will be actively delivering supplies across the community in the Foundation’s minibus and Club’s kit van.
Residents struggling or in need of assistance are encouraged to reach out and contact the Spirit of Salford hotline on 0800 952 8000.
At a time when the coronavirus is rightly placed at the top of the health agenda, the Foundation are also raising awareness of the continued need for emergency blood transfusions. Neil Blackburn has therefore given blood to help boost the diminishing supply and encourages supporters for whom it is safe to do so, to schedule a local appointment at blood.co.uk.
The Red Devils Foundation has also recognised the requirements of the wider rugby league family, through its support of the Rugby League Cares initiative focussed on ex-professional players who may need assistance at this unprecedented time.
Foundation team members have taken on the responsibility to deliver medical and food supplies to the ex-players in the area and Salford Red Devils Foundation projects manager and reserve team manager John Blackburn has been calling ex-players and members of the community who are self isolating alone. This offers them the chance to discuss rugby memories, or simply have a brief conversation, as at this time it is important to maintain social contact while avoiding physical interaction and abiding by government advice.
If you know somebody who would benefit from a quick phone call, please email their name and contact number to: john.blackburn@