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Burgess: A Privileged Position

Defender discusses his volunteering work during coronavirus crisis

3 May 2020

Christian Burgess

Blues players are doing their bit to help out vulnerable members of the community during the coronavirus lockdown.

Christian Burgess has been a regular volunteer over the past few weeks, preparing and delivering food to those unable to leave the house.

He has been joined by fellow members of the Blues squad, as well as staff from both the club and Pompey in the Community.

And the defender is pleased that they have been able to lend a hand during these challenging and unprecedented times.

Burgess said: “I got in contact with Clare at Pompey in the Community to see what we could do to help out.

“She told us about everything they’re doing with Hive and some other charities and put me in contact with Landport Community Centre.

“I’ve been doing a few deliveries and some work in the kitchen there. It’s fantastic and is keeping me busy.

"It’s not a lot from my end, but it’s great to be able to have that kind of impact. We’re in a privileged position."

Christian Burgess

“Portsmouth Football Club is a huge part of the city and the community. People are going through tough times and it’s nice to do what we can to put a smile on somebody’s face.

“It’s not a lot from my end, but it’s great to be able to have that kind of impact. We’re in a privileged position.

“Everyone wants to be a footballer when they’re young and if we can be a positive role model then hopefully it will rub off on them.

“A few boys have been down to do some deliveries and Raggs (Sean Raggett) got stuck in in the kitchen – they enjoyed having him.

“The boys have got other stuff going on behind the scenes and it’s a time for togetherness and helping out.

“Everyone is contributing in some way or other and it’s really nice and positive – we’re all proud of each other.”

As well as volunteering around the city, the squad are also making sure they are ready for when football does resume.

Burgess said: “I’m reading books, watching the odd documentary and keeping fit by doing some gym work from home.

“I’ve been going for runs along the seafront and everyone’s really competitive, looking at the times. A few of them are trying to outdo each other on bike rides.

“Raggs is doing the quickest 10ks – I thought he must be cheating. That’s the topic of conversation on the group chat and the boys are impressed.”


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