York City donates all the food from today’s cancelled game to charity

The Keith Walwyn Lounge at Bootham Crescent. Photograph: York City FC

York City’s game was called off at the last minute – but the food prepared for the game has not been wasted.

City were due to play Altrincham this afternoon (Saturday, 14 March) but it was cancelled after employees of both teams were self-isolating after showing potential symptoms of the Covid-19 virus.

York City club chef Des Coulson prepares the food for players, staff and hospitality guests at Bootham Crescent. Because the game was called off so late, the food had been ordered and prepped.

This afternoon he was on hand to deliver it to the health and wellbeing charity Changing Lives York on Union Terrace near to the stadium.

The Changing Lives charity works with and houses ex-rough sleepers and those at risk of sleeping rough – most of whom have complex issues primarily connected with drug and alcohol misuse and mental ill-health.

A club spokesman said:

  • As a club we are proud to support this initiative and would like to commend our chef Des for making this happen and his generosity during these times.

The Changing Lives service has 35 bedrooms, meeting and counselling spaces as well as education, health, fitness and community facilities.

A welcoming and inspirational space, it offers not only a place to stay but also the chance to make positive changes in people’s lives.