Newcastle United forward Allan Saint-Maximin has visited Newcastle West End Food Bank after striking up a conversation with the charity’s staff on Twitter.
After building a rapport with organisers on the social media platform following his move to Tyneside earlier this month, the 22-year-old pledged to visit the food bank to show his support. On Wednesday afternoon, Saint-Maximin delivered on his promise and took time out after training to attend the charity’s distribution centre in Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne.
During his visit, the winger chatted to staff and some of the local families who rely on the centre’s food parcels and support – and even helped out by making cups of tea. He also presented the charity with a signed Magpies home shirt, which will raise much-needed funds through a raffle.
Saint-Maximin said: “I received a message from the Food Bank and I thought ‘wow, they are amazing’. I wanted to help, to show people what they do, so it makes me very happy to be here.”