March 25 – With football wiped off the map because of Covid-19, well-known names across the sport are constantly doing their bit for the vulnerable and endangered members of local communities.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho may not have endeared himself to sections of the Spurs support base since taking over last November from Mauricio Pochettino, but the Portuguese made a surprise appearance to lend a helping hand near the club’s training ground in Enfield, north London.
Mourinho volunteered to help prepare food parcels and other items for delivery to those affected by the coronavirus by making a visit to his local Age UK charity and a company called Love Your DoorStep, founded by New Zealander Emma Rigby which connects the local community.
“I am here to help Age UK Enfield, Love Your DoorStep Enfield and of course you can donate food, money or be a volunteer,” Mourinho said on a video posted by Love Your DoorStep’s Twitter account.
Rigby is helping drive her area’s response to Covid-19 by aiding health workers as well as quarantined residents.
Being a staunch rugby fan, she admits she didn’t recognise Mourinho and it was only when she posted a video on social media she was inundated with media calls.
“I don’t know if he was offended I didn’t know who he was and I said, ‘I’m sorry. I’m more of a rugby girl,’ but no, he was lovely,” she said. “He just genuinely wanted to help. He was really really nice.”
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