|Warriors unveil biggest trophy yet
Chairman Ian Lenagan and Eve at the unveiling
An 8ft high Superleague Trophy, made from thousands of tins of food, was unveiled by the Wigan Warriors ahead of their penultimate league clash with the Leeds Rhinos as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the work of local food banks in the borough.
Wigan Chairman, Ian Lenagan, was joined by Houses for Homes directors Ann Fairhurst and Phil Shanks and 7 year old Hindley school girl Eve Swinnerton to help unwrap the giant structure. The project has been led by The Houses for Homes Foundation, the charitable arm of Wigan’s main shirt sponsors.
Also present was a volunteer worker Dave Miller from The Brick Project, a Wigan based food bank which helps some of the borough’s most vulnerable people.
As part of the unveiling, Eve, accompanied by her mum and dad, was invited to complete the structure, by placing the final tin of spaghetti into the frame, to complete the giant trophy. Each tin used in the construction of the trophy will be help to restock The Brick’s supplies which have been at constant risk of running out in recent months.
Chairman Ian Lenagan said: “This has been a fantastic community effort and one we have been delighted to support.”
Little Eve, was inspired to volunteer to help the food bank after watching a TV programme aired on Sport Relief, highlighting those in the UK who are unable to provide enough food to feed their loved ones. Spurred by her determination to make a difference to Wigan families under similar circumstances, Eve created her own flyers for The Brick, and posted them through the doors of their neighbours in Hindley .Her school also voted her Citizen of the Year.
The response surpassed even Eve’s expectations and her family was overwhelmed by donations of food which were donated to support The Brick. She still continues to provide much needed tinned and non-perishable food to the organisation.
Dave, first encountered The Brick as a client when he found himself homeless and dependant on the food parcels that the organisation provided. However, thanks to the help The Brick have provided, Dave is now a Volunteer Supervisor at their Project the Community Warehouse, in which he oversees others with furniture restoration and mentoring others who find themselves in challenging circumstances.
Louise Green, Operation Manager from The Brick said: “It’s an unfortunate fact that there are people in Wigan that cannot afford to feed themselves, so the service we provide is a real life line for the borough’s most vulnerable people.
“We’re delighted by the trophy – it looks great and knowing that every tin in the structure is there because of the generosity of local people is wonderful. Each and every tin will help to turn lives around for those who need it most.
“We’d like to thank The Houses for Homes Foundation and Wigan Warriors for all their help in making this project a reality, and helping to deliver ‘some’tin amazing!”
Ann Fairhurst, Director of Houses for Homes said: “After a lot of planning, to finally see the finished trophy is amazing.
“Rugby League is renowned as a family sport that thrives in close-knit communities and the results of this initiative show that perfectly. We hope that this will serve as inspiration for other rugby league clubs to support their own local food banks and help build stronger communities.
The trophy will remain on display for Wigan’s final home game against the Warrington Wolves.