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DERBY County fans are being urged to give a little this Good Friday to helpicon1.png disadvantaged families in the city.

The LoveDerby Day at the iPro Stadium will see the club team up with the Jubilee Church Derby and the Food Store Networkicon1.png for the second year running.

Collection points will be set up outside the iPro Stadium before the club’s home game against Watford tomorrow night.

In the same event last Easter, supporters responded in their thousands, with 55 crates of produce being donated, and up to 2,000 items in total.

The food was then divided between six organisations, which operate food banks or workicon1.png with people who are homeless or in serious need.

Prior to kick-off in tomorrow's game, there will be a collection for the food banks, with drop-off points located outside Starbucks and the DCFCMegastore from 4pm.

The club is urging supporters to play their part by donating food and other items including toilet rolls, washing up liquid, tins of meat, biscuits, crackers and crisps.

Derby County’s president and chief executive, Sam Rush, said: “Here at Derby County we are committed to playing our part in the local community. That’s why we are pleased to team up with Jubilee Church Derby and Derby City Mission to stage LoveDerby Day for the second year running.”

All food collected will be distributed by the LoveDerby team to a number of food banks right across Derby.

The food banks can take most non-perishable food and toiletries.

Derby County’s preferred partner, Ward Recycling, will be helping out on the day by providing two large collection lorries for supporters and their families to drop off their donations.

Derby County head coach, Steve McClaren, said: “It’s great news that Derby County is part of such a worthwhile cause once again and I would encourage our supporters to show their supporticon1.png, even if it is by bringing just one item.

“The rest of the coaching team and members of the playing squad will also be making their contributions, just like last year.”

Jubilee Church pastor and LoveDerby project leader, Graham Pyman, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Derby County once again to help address the massive issue of food poverty in our city.

“We love Derby and are thrilled to work with others who are equally passionate about our city and the people in it.”

Great initiative by the club imo. I would definitely take part if I were in Derby.



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