Manchester United star Mason Mount brings festive cheer to Timperley Nursing Home
Manchester United and England footballer Mason Mount decided to spend his free time bringing some early festive cheer to the residents who include several lifelong football fans.
Mason, whose afternoon visit was kept a surprise for staff and residents, arrived at the Kingsley Healthcare home in Mainwood Road, Timperley, with his brother to be greeted by 102-year-old Rita Smith.
They sat down to share a roast dinner with the residents, pulling a cracker to start festivities, swapping stories and laughing and joking.
Mason, who signed football shirts and gave autographs, said: “Elderly people are often overlooked, and it's a privilege to spend time with them. They have incredible stories and experiences and I hope our visit brought a bit of joy to their lives."
The home’s activities coordinator, Iwona Pawelczyk, said: “A highlight of the visit was Mason’s interaction with Brian Delaney. Witnessing Brian’s unwavering passion for football clearly impressed Mason. Their heart-warming exchange was truly inspiring.”
When the 24-year-old midfielder learned Brian was actually a Manchester City supporter, he paused to make a call on his mobile, leaving a message for City star and England colleague Jack Grealish, on duty with his team in Saudi Arabia.
To the delight of Brian, 67, and everyone at the home, Mason later forwarded him a personal video message from Jack, expressing gratitude for his unwavering support and wishing him and his family a merry Christmas.
Brian said: “I never expected something like this. It makes me feel special and I'll cherish this moment forever. Thank you, Mason and Jack, you are both top men.”
Iwona said: “Mason and his brother are lovely guys. They were not rushed and you could tell they really enjoyed being here.”
Mason also took the time to chat with retired management accountant Peter Hesham, 90, whose grandfather was a professional footballer before he was later killed on the battlefield in the First World War.
Resident Dorothy, 89, who impressed Mason with her Christmas jumper with reindeer, said afterwards: “I had a wonderful time, I truly enjoyed the visit.”
Meanwhile, Gabriella Davis, 85, said: “Mason and his brother are so friendly and down-to-earth. Such generous people — their visit made our day!”
Learn more about Timperley nursing home