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Close Happy To Lend A Hand

Midfielder helped deliver essential supplies

10 April 2020

Ben Close
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Ben Close spent Thursday afternoon delivering essential supplies to vulnerable people in the city.

And the Blues midfielder was delighted to be able to play his part during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

He joined skipper Tom Naylor and staff from Pompey in the Community (PitC) as part of the HIVE Portsmouth campaign.

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Close was happy to lend a hand and was quick to offer praise to those who have been volunteering since the lockdown began.

He said: “It was good to do my bit and help out those people in the local area who really need our support.

“But I was only there for one afternoon – the guys at PitC have been doing this for three weeks now and deserve a lot of credit.

“Nayls (Naylor) and I were taking crates of supplies from the Study Centre to homes around Portsmouth. He was around the Fratton area and I did North End.

“It’s nice to do something because you can sit at home and feel like you’re doing nothing in this current situation.

"It was good to do my bit and help out those people in the local area who really need our support."

Ben Close

“Of course, that’s exactly where the majority of us should be at this time in order to ensure the virus passes as quickly as possible.

“But it’s good to be able to volunteer if you can and everyone was making sure to stay safe and follow the guidelines.

“We wore gloves, kept a safe distance from each other and travelled in separate cars, leaving the packages on doorsteps.

“The people we were going to are those who are really vulnerable and so it was a great feeling to help out.”


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