Club staff and players have been collecting goods for donation over recent weeks and the defender did the honours by delivering the load to the Food Bank, located just off the A10.
Volunteers at the Food Bank, many of whom are Spurs supporters, were delighted with Jan’s appearance as he unloaded crates of food, including cereals, pasta and tinned goods, as well as toothbrushes, toilet rolls and nappies.
This trip was made extra special with the help of one young Spurs fan. Frankie Brooks was invited by us to assist Jan and was presented with a signed shirt to recognise his efforts in raising money for the homeless. The six-year-old has collected over £8,000 in just a few weeks and with the help of his family and friends has already started distributing Christmas presents to people sleeping rough.
For the third year in a row, Jan, who also assists the Food Bank in his spare time, delivered our donations and was touched by Frankie’s efforts.
The Belgian international said: “Since I first came to the Food Bank with the club, I have continued to stay involved and support that the volunteers do to help local people.
“They are doing some fantastic work and I’m always happy to give something back on behalf of the club.
“I’m proud to see Spurs fans like Frankie going above and beyond to help others. It’s amazing he has started charitable work at such a young age. The amount he has raised in just a few weeks is admirable and I really respect all his effort.”
Below: Jan at the Food Bank
Frankie’s mum, Jane Brooks, said: “It was originally just hats and scarfs that we were distributing locally, but we’re also now in touch with shelters and food banks. We’re trending using #KWWF where you can find all Frankie’s fundraising page details. We really want to spread the word far and wide and help as many people as we can, especially over these cold months.”
One in five people in the UK live below the poverty line. Since opening in 2012, supported by The Trussell Trust, the North Enfield Food Bank continues in combating poverty and hunger within the local area. This food bank alone gave out 5,807 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis last year.
To find out more or to make a donation, please visit: http://northenfield.foodbank.org.uk/