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A football club in Manchester are opening their doors to the homeless on Christmas Day

FC United are carrying out a thoughtful gesture at Broadhurst Park.

FC UNITED OF Manchester are set to open up their grounds to the city’s homeless community on Christmas Day.

The club, which was set up by Manchester United supporters in 2005, plans to organise a bus which will run from the city centre to Broadhurst Park four times throughout the day.

A “hearty breakfast” will be on offer, along with toiletries and towels to allow everyone the opportunity to have a hot shower. In addition, there will be a range of activities available, from computer games to arts and crafts to bring some Christmas cheer to those attending.

The club are welcoming donations from locals, from food and clothes to offers of free sevrices from hairdressers and nurses.

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Soccer - Emirates FA Cup - First Round - FC United of Manchester v Chesterfield - Broadhurst Park Broadhurst Park. Source: PA Archive/PA Images

FC United’s Community and Education Manager Andy Cheshire first came up with the initiative following a conversation with the club’s partner organisation Lifeshare, and has been working hard on making it happen.

“Lifeshare open their offices on Christmas Day but they have limited facilities for the homeless to take a shower,” Cheshire said in a statement on the club website.

“I immediately thought that we should use our facility, as not only have we changing and shower facilities here at Broadhurst Park, we also have a large function room, kitchen facilities and access to a range of activities.

“Already the response has been very positive.”

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