Gary Lineker has thanked a refugee he opened his home to for giving him “a different perspective on life”.
The former footballer recently revealed that he had applied to house a refugee, saying at the time: “My kids are all grown up so I’ve got plenty of room so if I can help on a temporary basis then I’m more than happy to do so. Why not?”
He has now shared that it took place, and that someone named Rasheed came to live with him at his Surrey home.
Sharing a letter from Rasheed thanking him for the stay in his “beautiful home”, Lineker said he would definitely do it again.
This letter alone made it worthwhile. Thanks Rasheed for giving such a different perspective on life to both myself and my boys. Thanks too to @RefugeesAtHome for helping to make this happen. It was a hugely positive experience and I will definitely host again. 👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/Cs6NUMCnpC
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 29, 2020
“This letter alone made it worthwhile,” said the Match Of The Day host, who is dad to sons George, Harry, Tobias and Angus.
“Thanks Rasheed for giving such a different perspective on life to both myself and my boys.
“Thanks too to @RefugeesAtHome for helping to make this happen.”
“It was a hugely positive experience and I will definitely host again,” added the star.
In the letter, Rasheed said Lineker made him feel like family.
“During my stay at your beautiful home, I never felt that I am a stranger or guest but it seemed as if I am a member of your family,” he said.
"I can never forget your hospitality, love and company that you and your lovely respectful children gave to me.”
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Lineker, 59, has previously been critical of the way the government has responded to migrants crossing the English Channel.
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