Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has shown his generosity by donating a whopping £500,000 worth of toys to disadvantaged children ahead of the Christmas holiday.
The retired footballer, who now works as a TV pundit for BT Sport, has gotten into the festive spirit by teaming up with his Manchester-based restaurant Rosso to make the gesture to radio station Key 103’s Cash for Kids campaign.
Ferdinand is a father of three children and it is fair to say that the youngsters have acquired plenty of toys over the years.
This time, though, the ex-England international has decided to help disabled and disadvantaged kids in Manchester by giving them toys to open on Christmas Day.
Not only has Ferdinand donated toys, he has also provided 11,500 sleeping bags to the city’s homeless, reports the Manchester Evening News.
In an interview with Key 103 Breakfast Show host Mike Toolan, Ferdinand said:
“Me and the guys at Rosso have seen what’s been going on in the city, and with obviously it being Christmas we know there are a lot of people less fortunate than we are so we’ve decided to donate £500,000 worth of toys and gifts. But Manchester has got to get behind what we are doing, everyone can get involved and donate what they can.”
Footballers can get a bad reputation for the staggering amounts of money that they take home every week, so it is always welcome when high-profile figures of the game give back.