Spreading Christmas Joy

Manchester City football star, İlkay Gündoğan, made dreams come true with a special Christmas visit for the people we support. 

An Official Ambassador of our charity, İlkay hosted a surprise Zoom session with his biggest fans during the Christmas period. Drawing together people from as far as Dorset to Edinburgh, as well as many from Greater Manchester, people from sixteen of our charity’s services had the opportunity to catch up with their footballing hero!

İlkay answered questions on his life as a Manchester City player as well as on his day-to-day life, from his Christmas plans to his hobbies and interests. The experience was described as “a dream come true” by one of the people we support, and “the best Christmas surprise” by another.

As well as taking time to speak directly to everyone on the call, İlkay also arranged for special presents to be delivered just in time for Christmas day.

İlkay Gündoğan said: “It was fantastic to spend some time with the people supported by Community Integrated Care. The questions were great and it was wonderful to see what it meant to so many people. It is important to me to support a charity that does a lot of good things. I visited some of Community Integrated Care’s projects and met many of their people on my 30th birthday, and I loved it. I always remember how privileged I am, so it means a lot to be able to give back and put a smile on people’s faces – this is what really matters in life.”