Local residents enjoy Christmas lunch at Elland Road

Leeds United recently hosted a special Christmas event for 75 older members of the local community that are supported throughout the year by Holbeck Together.

Holbeck Together is a charity that is close to our hearts, with both the club and Foundation working with them on a regular basis across a number of projects – and it was fantastic to once again link up and support those living in the shadows of Elland Road.

The older clients in attendance at the festive lunch, hosted in the Eddie Gray suite at Elland Road, were also joined by staff from the charity, some of their trustees and MP Hilary Benn.

This is usually an annual event held at Christmas to give the clients something special to look forward to, and it was even more special this year after the club were unable to host the event in 2020 due to the Covid restrictions that were in place.

Elissa Newman, Chief Officer at Holbeck Together, said:

“I’d like to say a massive thank you to Angus Kinnear and Leeds United for the generosity they have shown in supporting the local community once again.

“It was so heart-warming to see everyone together again after the pandemic, enjoying themselves, and back at Elland Road celebrating as we have done previously.”

One of the clients from Holbeck Together and also a massive Leeds United fan, Gwyneth Aylott, added:

“Today has been absolutely brilliant as usual, we had so much fun. The staff and food we’re just perfect.”

Holbeck Together was established as a Neighbourhood Network Scheme back in 1992 to support older people living in the local community, since then the charity have massively expanded their network to provide a variety of services, activities and opportunities for people from all generations in Holbeck.


This post is based on a press release issued by Leeds United