Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Good News: Gary Neville Puts Homeless People Ahead Of Money

Gary Neville is a football player for the Manchester United but, well, this being my blog, and with what little I know of football, er, soccer, er, rugby, this isn’t about that.

Gary Neville is also kind of hot, but, again, this isn’t that kind of blog, at least on a regular basis, so this isn’t about that.

Gary Neville owns several properties in and around Manchester, and he recently allowed 30 homeless men to stay in one of his buildings; and he apparently liked it, because now he taken more steps to make their winter stays more comfortable.

Neville purchased the old Stock Exchange building in Manchester and wanted to turn it into a boutique hotel, with the renovation set to begin next February. But while awaiting for that work to begin, Neville, and another former Manchester United player, Ryan Giggs, phoned the Manchester Angels, a homeless advocacy group that lets homeless people know where there are vacant buildings they can use to sleep in at night, and told the group they wanted to allow homeless men and women the use of their building throughout the winter.

Manchester Angels announced that Neville and Giggs [right] are “paying for electricians; plumbers; builders and other tradesmen to come and install temporary shower units; bathrooms; toilets; lighting etc so that the building is habitable over the winter period.”

A cynic might say, "So what? He has an empty building. What's the big deal about letting homeless people sleep there?"

But Gary Neville wasn’t done yet; he has also arranged for the Hotel Football Old Trafford to make an evening meal for the homeless men on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays so that they get a well-balanced nutritious meal three times a week from his chefs.

In an age where entrepreneurs and businessmen seem to run along the lines of a Martin Shkreli — you know, the drug monster who is price-gouging AIDS patients — it’s remarkable to see someone set aside profit and, instead, actually spend a little money, to help out those less fortunate.


Michael Dodd said...

My friend Lee's husband Rob is a huge Manchester United fan. This is grand news. Maybe it could start a trend ...

the dogs' mother said...

:-) what a great guy!

anne marie in philly said...

blessings be unto him!

Helen Lashbrook said...

MD - this is not a Man Utd thing; they hate Hotel Football and their staff are not allowed to even step inside it!

see http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/25/gary-neville-ryan-giggs-striking-partnership-manchester-developers for more information

I am not and never have been a Man Utd fan now owned by the Glaziers, a greedy crowd who bought the club with leveraged money and now the club is paying for its own purchase....I hate financiers.
But Giggs and Ryan seem something special.

Mark in DE said...

This IS a refreshing change! Let's hope it goes well and other with the means are inspired to similar acts of goodness.