WORCESTER Warriors staff have donated food and drink as a thank you to key workers during the coronavirus crisis.

Warriors, along with the Warriors Community Foundation, have donated the large stock of food and drink bought before Sixways went into lockdown.

With matches and events postponed and no immediate sign of the Premiership season resuming, the club decided to donate the food and drink to care homes and hospitals.

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Managing director Peter Kelly said: "Although our stadium is in lockdown there are a significant number of key workers who are working hard to ensure a semblance of normality in what are abnormal times.

“Our Community Foundation also has close links with Acorns, homeless initiatives and care homes across the area and we also have good relationships with the various councils across our area.We thank all of them for their hard work and hope they stay safe during these difficult circumstances.”

Groups to benefit from the scheme include staff at the Sixways coronavirus testing site, Royal Mail workers, district council bin crews, Acorns Children's Hospice, Worcestershire Royal Hospital, St Paul's Hostel and the foodbank at Droitwich Rugby Club.

The stock donated by Warriors includes soft drinks, crisps, chocolate and boxes of UHT milk.

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Noel Cramer, director of supporter engagement for Acorns. said: “We are so happy to see our friends at Warriors again, and as always their keen interest in supporting our children and families is high up the list of things that are important to the club.

“The kind donations will be shared with those who are self-isolating or shielding could not be more welcome.

"We’ve been told that Acorns families really look forward to the deliveries which can offer save them a trip outside.”

Chris Jones, Assistant Plant Manager of Royal Mail in Worcester, said: “Like many key workers, our post people in the Worcestershire area are working tirelessly to keep the country connected during these uncertain times.

“The gifts and recognition received from Warriors will certainly be uplifting for our team at Royal Mail Worcester and are gratefully received.

"It’s nice to see the community spirit being shown by this fantastic club.”