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United opens up Old Trafford to public as cost-of-living crisis bites

December 01 2022 - News Release News Editorial

Manchester United is opening the doors of its famous Old Trafford stadium to members of the public this month as part of its ‘United by Your Side’ winter community campaign.

United opens up Old Trafford to public as cost-of-living crisis bites

The English Premier League football club is providing free access to the stadium’s Red Cafe for people who are looking for somewhere to stay warm, have a hot drink and some snacks from 5-8pm on the first three Mondays and Wednesdays this December.

The club is also introducing ‘talking benches’ on the forecourt at Old Trafford – a place where people who may feel lonely or worried can sit and talk to others.

“Whether Christmas is part of people’s life or not, the festive period can be a difficult time for many. It’s a time of year that puts extra pressure on people and can affect mental health and wellbeing in lots of different ways.
“Through our United by Your Side campaign, we want people who are struggling to know that they are not alone, particularly in our local community. We want to make Old Trafford a second home by providing winter accessories, company, warmth and food for those who need it.” Collette Roche, Manchester United’s Chief Operating Officer

The club is working with Trafford Council and local charities, including Manchester Mind, to deliver the initiatives and communicate them to the public.

“We know that many people are struggling at the moment due to the cost-of-living crisis, and that this is impacting their mental health. This can feel overwhelming and isolating.
“During these challenging times we also know that our local organisations play a key role in supporting the most vulnerable in our community, and we are proud to be a part of United by Your Side this winter.” Elizabeth Simpson, CEO of Manchester Mind

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