Boro midfielder Adam Clayton was quick to praise the work of a group who have benefitted from one of a range of projects organised by MFC Foundation.
Participants on the Kitchen Therapy Project, run in conjunction with the Foundation, Middlesbrough College and MasterChef quarter-finalist Matei Baran, prepared and served canapes ahead of the Foundation’s new strategy launch.
Clayton took time out of his pre-match schedule to meet Chef Baran and those on a course that helps people who have suffered with mental health issues.
“They are an inspiration to us all,” said the Boro midfielder. “They have been through some tough times and this project has helped them come through the other side.”
The charity arm of Middlesbrough Football Club was set up in 1996, turning a vision of chairman Steve Gibson into reality, going on play an active role in the communities of Teesside and North Yorkshire, helping thousands.
Working to their new motto, Inspire Confidence Inspire Hope, MFC Foundation has refocused the work they do to meet the social challenges of today.
Speaking at the launch, Chair of Trustees Ray Mallon said: “There are a lot of people out there who are disadvantaged and we’re trying to give them a chance.
“Hope could be argued to be one of the best things in life, as hope can lead to ambition, aspiration, self-belief and greater self-esteem.”
The Foundation will continue to work in partnership with local services to help reduce social deprivation and support the positive action already taking place within the area. By using the power and influence of Middlesbrough Football Club, the Foundation will deliver bespoke programmes providing opportunities to raise aspirations and improve the life chances of people across local communities.