A CARDIFF City Footballer who plays for the Wales national team has offered his support to a local social club which delivered 250 Easter eggs to essential workers over the Easter weekend.

Last week, the Cogan Coronation Social and Football Club began a public appeal for donations of Easter Eggs which would then be delivered to essential workers throughout the community in Penarth.

The aim of the initiative was to ‘put a smile on people’s faces’, said Dean Ford, a coach for the Cogan Coronation under-11s team who started the initiative.

Dean, who has recently been placed on furlough, said he wanted to help the community during the Covid-19 outbreak, but could not volunteer due to childcare commitments.

He got in touch with Will Vaulks, a Cardiff City and Wales footballer, on Twitter to ask if he could lend a hand.

Dean then received a message from the footballer who later visited him and his son, Corey, at their home in Cogan.

The footballer had previously given Corey his football jersey at the Wales v Croatia match which Corey attended with his father last autumn.

“I just tweeted him and he inboxed me,” said Dean.

“Then he came to my house.

“ He said that Cardiff City players just want to help out as much as they can.

“When we opened the door, the first thing he said to Corey was: ‘I remember you from the Wales game’, which was amazing. My son is football mad.

“He’s (Will) such a lovely guy.”

William donated £350 in cash to the initiative, an amount which was matched by members of the Cogan Coronation Social Club.

The money was then used to purchase Easter Eggs and Dominoes pizzas which were delivered to essential workers and their families in Penarth.

In total, 250 Easter Eggs and over 50 pizzas were delivered to staff at Victoria Primary School, Ysgol Y Deri, Llandough Hospital and St David’s Hospital.

“It’s just trying to give back a bit. It’s gotten a bit bigger than we’d planned so we can do a lot more”, said Dean.