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11 December 2017


Share your festive cheer with a young person in care this Christmas by donating an unwrapped gift to Ulster Rugby’s Christmas Present Appeal.

For children and young people living in care or away from their families, Christmas can be quite difficult and they often miss out on receiving gifts. So Ulster Rugby has once again teamed up with Include Youth to ensure that they have something under the tree this Christmas.

Ulster supporters attending the Harlequins match this Friday (December 15) are encouraged to buy an unwrapped gift for a young person in care and bring it along with them. Donations of Christmas presents can be made in the main Reception building at Kingspan Stadium (opposite the Memorial Stand) before, during or after each game.

Paddy Mooney, Director at Include Youth, said:

“Every year staff at Include Youth organise a Christmas party for all the young people involved in our projects, which usually involves a dinner followed by lots of fun and games.

“Following the huge success of last year’s Christmas Present Appeal, we are once again asking Ulster Rugby's generous fan base to buy an extra gift for a teenager or young adult in order to help us ensure that each young person has something to open on Christmas morning.

“To get involved, simply buy a present suitable for a young person aged 16-24 years, valued at £10-£15 and bring it along to one of the matches before Christmas.”

Ulster Rugby President, Graffin Parke, added:

“Include Youth provides a fantastic service for children and young people from disadvantaged communities right across the Province. Their work is especially important at Christmas when feelings of isolation can be worst for those who don't have families around them. We encourage all fans to consider getting involved in this very worthwhile cause and help us bring a little festive joy to young people in care this winter.

“All gifts will be greatly received and will go a long way in making sure all young people know they are cared about this Christmas. Thank you in advance for your support!”

Toiletries (no sharp objects)
Hats/ gloves
Earphones/ Portable chargers

- Unwrapped
- Suitable for a male or female aged 16 to 24 years
- Be valued from £10 to £15

For more information on the organisation please visit or follow Include Youth on Facebook and Twitter @Includeyouth

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