Man U players make phone calls to Age UK service users during lockdown

Lifelong football fans, who are also Age UK service users, received some very welcome phone calls from their sporting heroes during lockdown – including our very own Manchester reporter and United follower Pauline Smith.

Cadbury Dairy Milk’s Donate Your Words campaign with Age UK, which launched last year, saw Manchester United come on board in February 2020 to help raise awareness of the important cause by inviting 11 older Guests of Honour onto the pitch before kick-off to meet and shake hands with the team. Our Pauline was lucky enough to be one of the guests and you can read her full account of the day here.

Since then, Cadbury and Manchester United have teamed up once again to support Age UK’s Coronavirus Emergency Appeal to help the charity provide support to the most vulnerable and isolated older people in our communities.

As part of that, the player, Harry Maguire, Lee Carter, Daniel James and Amy Turner, decided to treat their Guests of Honour with a friendly phone call to discuss all things lockdown, from football to haircuts and much more.

Pauline, who would normally have been attending Age Uk’s Out in The City LGBT group during lockdown, spoke to Daniel James, to talk about how she had been coping including making the most of technology, going for a walk, and how he hoped to see her at a game once fans are allowed back to stadiums.

Pauline added: “It was a nice thing for them to do, Daniel was good to talk to and I hope that we can go back to watch a game soon. We also received a chocolate hamper from Cadburys – which was a nice touch.”

For more information on the Cadbury Dairy Milk’s Donate Your Words campaign with Age UK click here.



  1. A great story of companionships and support for our most valuable residents. Well done to all involved.


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