Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has become a real-life Santa Claus - donating a massive £500,000 worth of toys in a bid to prevent any children going without a present on Christmas Day.
Former Reds captain Rio has made the stunning donation on behalf of himself and his Manchester restaurant Rosso to Key 103’s Cash for Kids campaign.
Father-of-three Rio made the donation after seeing first hand the good work of the Manchester radio station’s charity. He said he couldn't bear to think of any child going without a Christmas present.
The donation was made last week - with a huge pile of children's toys making their way to the Mission Christmas warehouse, where they will now be distributed to children in need.
As a father myself I couldn’t see children going without opening a present this Christmas Day. Me and the guys at Rosso have seen what's been going on in the city, and with obviously it being Christmas we know there are a lot of people less fortunate than we are so we've decided to donate £500,000 worth of toys and gifts. But Manchester has got to get behind what we are doing, everyone can get involved and donate what they can.
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Former Emmerdale actress and wife of footballer Harry Kewell, Sheree Murphy, has said she is "so shocked and saddened" to hear of Rebecca Ellison's death.
So shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Rebecca Ferdinand.Lovely person loving mum taken far too soon.Love to @rioferdy5 & family
Presenter Christine Bleakley said she and her fiance Frank Lampard are "sending our love and prayers" to Rio Ferdinand and his family following the death of his wife Rebecca.
Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool have offered their support to QPR defender Rio Ferdinand after his wife died of cancer.
Queens Park Rangers players will wear black armbands today during their Premier League match against Liverpool following the death of Rio Ferdinand's wife.
Queen's Park Rangers has said the club's thoughts are with Rio Ferdinand and his family after his wife Rebecca died after a short battle with cancer.
National Apprentice Week, which started today, is designed to highlight the positive impact apprentices can have on individuals, on business and on the economy.
This is a fact not lost on Rio Ferdinand, who still remembers his early days as an apprentice at West Ham.
"Cleaning boots, cleaning the shower, cleaning the first team changing rooms, and getting a grilling from the senior players if you didn't clean the boots properly....
"It gives you a good grounding and it's a good place to start so you appreciate things a bit more when you do well and enjoy your career."
Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has been getting behind National Apprenticeship Week - which started today.
Manchester College has pledged to place 50 local young people into jobs in five days.
The first apprentice to take up a job is 18-year-old Rhys Owen, who is starting as a chef in Ferdinand's restaurant in Manchester Rosso.