Sale Sharks Stars Spread Christmas Cheer at Manchester Children’s Hospital

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Sale Sharks’ visit to Ronald McDonald House Manchester in conjunction with Emmie’s Kitchen

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – England International Chris Ashton was joined by teammates Sam James, Marland Yarde and Simon Hammersley, and club co-owner Michelle Orange, at Ronald McDonald House in Manchester.

As well as giving Christmas presents for families and children, Sale organised a link-up with charity Emmie’s Kitchen, which ensures home-cooked food is delivered to families staying at Ronald McDonald House at least once every month.

The players helped deliver the food to more than 150 families and also posed for pictures and talked to families at the event.

Club-branded flags and scarves were left, along with 300+ tickets for upcoming games to the AJ Bell Stadium, which were donated by club partner Printerland.

It’s been a privilege to play our part supporting an inspirational charity initiative right here in the heart of Manchester,” said Michelle Orange.

Emmie’s Kitchen is only a small charity, but they play a vital role in making sure families staying at Ronald McDonald House enjoy home-cooked food at least once each month during the year.

“It was our pleasure to lend them a hand this month, and the players also took the time to go and spend time with lots of young fans here.

“The gifts we’ve dropped off will make sure there are presents for children in the Royal Manchester Hospital and their families to open together, and we’ve also left lots of free tickets, so we hope to see many of them at a Sale game in the near future.”

The 2019 Emmie’s Kitchen was set up by the parents and grandmother of Emmie Narayan-Nicholas after she was diagnosed with leukemia and had to spend over 100 nights at the Royal Manchester Children’s hospital during a 6-month period.

Eve Narayan-Nicholas, mother of Emmie, said: “We are so pleased that Sharks were able to attend this month’s event, and they certainly brought a lot of joy to the families here. The volunteering of their time and the donation of tickets and memorabilia is incredibly generous, and we are very grateful.

It is great to see a club throw their support behind a cause at the heart of the city.”

Sally Cannon, a Deputy House Manager from Ronald McDonald House Charities added: “Just like all our Houses, our Manchester House is a ‘home away from home’ for families during some of the toughest times of their lives, providing them with a sense of normality and a safe haven to recuperate close by to their poorly child.

“As an independent charity, we rely on the support from our donors and volunteers, which is why groups like Emmie’s Kitchen are so invaluable to us.

“Our Houses are open 365 days of the year, meaning a lot of families spend their Christmas with us, away from home. We try and make the holiday period as festive as possible for them, so it was great to see a selection of Sale Sharks players visit the House to help bring some festive cheer to our Manchester House during this cold December evening!”

About Sale Sharks:

Sale Sharks are one of the leading professional Rugby Union clubs in Europe and the only top-flight Rugby Union club in the North of England. Historically based in the Manchester suburb of Sale the club now play home fixtures at AJ Bell Stadium in Salford. The Sharks currently compete in the ‘Gallagher Premiership’ and having played in England’s top domestic competition since 1994 and winning the league in 2006. Sale Sharks also compete in Europe’s top competition the ‘Heineken Champions Cup’ and were European Champions in 2002 and 2005.

Current players include England Internationals Tom Curry, Chris Ashton, Denny Solomona and Marland Yarde, along with South African international and 2019 World Cup Winners Faf de Klerk and Lood de Jager.

We reflect the core values of rugby union: teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship. These values have underpinned the club’s achievements and have helped build a strong team mentality across all aspects of the business.

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