Chelsea defender Reece James revealed thieves broke into his car and stole gifts intended for starving children while he volunteered with a charity helping families in poverty food, as part of the Independent Christmas campaign.
The football star had helped The Felix Project – one of The independentKey partners in the Help The Hungry campaign – in West London when his car window was smashed and gifts stolen.
“Another enriching experience with The Felix Project which now serves meals to the younger generation,” the 21-year-old said of his work with the food redistribution charity.
“Unfortunately, I was very disappointed when I got back to my car. During the event, someone felt the urge to break in and steal gifts that I had to go and give later in the day.
The Chelsea and England star – who is trying to raise £ 100,000 for more than half a million meals – added: “What happens, comes around. ”
Mr James shared a photo of the damage on his Instagram account, causing dismay among his supporters. “How heartless some people can get into someone’s car and steal gifts that needed to be given,” one wrote.
Football had helped The Felix Project make food deliveries to the Normand Croft Community School in Fulham around lunchtime when the attack on the rear window of his 4 × 4 occurred. Among the gifts for children was a Sony PlayStation 5.
The footballer has been volunteering with The Felix Project for 18 months. He recently said The independent: “When I grew up I was with a few of my friends who didn’t have the privilege of eating all the time. I saw what it could do and how it could change people’s lives, so I wanted to come and help.
Marcus Roberts, Relationship Manager with The Felix Project, said: “Reece has been quietly donating her time for the past year and a half.
“To have someone like him who at 20 is so passionate about helping others is incredibly powerful and inspiring. So many young people admire him and want to be like him, and by devoting his time to helping the less well off he is the best role model.
The independent and our sister title it Evening standard worked towards a £ 10million fundraising goal for our appeal partner The Felix Project.
The campaign will see a new social kitchen set up in central London, turning surplus food into nutritious, ready-to-eat meals delivered to vulnerable people in the capital.