Warm welcome to Matt Piper

Warm welcome to Matt Piper

Warm welcome to Matt Piper

Former Leicester City FC player Matt Piper has taken on the role of ambassador for Leicester Children’s Holidays at a ‘crucial’ time for the charity.

The appointment of the former star winger could not have come at a more important time as the charity starts to plan its holidays for children in the spring and summer of 2021.

Matt found the time to visit the new visitor centre and see for himself the bright designs and huge range of new toys available for the pre-Christmas period and beyond. The toys are for sale all the year round with all profits going to our charity.

Charity manager Nicky Kandola said: “Matt will be a great ambassador for us during this significant period for our charity.

“The visitor centre has been launched at last after delays due to the second national lockdown. We now have an exciting new space and are currently planning our next breaks for children aged six and seven to Beaumanor Hall over the June half term as well as next summer’s holidays to Hilltop Outdoor Centre for eight to 11-year-olds.

Matt, who had the honour of scoring the last ever goal at Leicester City’s Filbert Street ground, has been actively supporting our charity for more than a year. He volunteered to wrap Christmas gifts for us last year.

In the spring Matt auctioned off a pair of City striker Jamie Vardy’s orange football boots to raise money and our charity often gets a mention on his social media posts.

Nicky said: “Matt really understands the value of the holidays we offer and the massive difference they make to children’s lives.”

Matt, who is a BBC Radio Leicester football pundit, said: “I am thrilled and proud to join Leicester Children’s Holidays as its ambassador. I can’t wait to spend more time with the charity team and meet some of the children.

“The charity goes back 122 years and has always done great work helping disadvantaged and vulnerable children across the region. They need our support more than ever and I am honoured to play my part.”

Matt is co-owner of the FSD Academy in Leicester which offers life skills, sport and education for youngsters aged 16 to 19.