Leigh Centurions have donated £10,000 to help Wigan Borough’s COVID-19 response efforts.

The Club handed over £10,000 to the Leigh hub, which will go towards supplying food and other essential items. Owner Derek Beaumont said: “The club is dependent on the community and I have always said we are just custodians of the club helping to steer it so it’s important to ensure we help those most in need during these times.

“I’m delighted the club has made this pledge for a fantastic support system in Leigh’s community hub. The real champions are the staff and volunteers that are engaging with the public and transforming the money into something which makes a huge difference to people.”

The Council has received many contributions in recent weeks as the community rallies together to help those in need.

The seven community hubs and central logistics hub based at Armed Forces HQ are central to the council’s response to COVID-19, working in partnership with local groups and volunteers, delivering food parcels and helping to connect residents with support services.

The hubs have been boosted by donations throughout and local businesses have been keen to provide crates of food, drink and tinned goods to support residents in need.

There have been many examples of firms offering support either to the community hubs, volunteers or wider public services across the borough.

Leader of Wigan Council, Coun David Molyneux, said the wide-ranging contributions have been a significant help to the borough’s community hubs and wider public services.

The cash donation from Leigh Centurions was has handed over to the Leigh hub this week by General Manager Neil Jukes.

Coun Molyneux added: “As with the volunteer effort across the borough, it is humbling to see so many people across many sectors offer time and support.

“Our response to COVID-19 is very much a team effort so let’s continue to Be Kind and follow the Stay Home, Save Lives advice. The response we have seen from all sections of the community across the borough has been fantastic and we continue to be extremely grateful to every single business and organisation that has offered help in any way they can.”