The Chelsea rightback joined our charity associate’s founder Justin Byam Shaw in a Felix Venture van to select up luxurious meals and substances from Fortnum & Mason to ship to homeless shelters.
The enduring central London store handed over heat soups, recent greens, mince pies, sandwiches and substances for a complete Christmas dinner.
One doorwoman, dressed within the conventional Fortnum’s purple go well with, joked “these actually ain’t gentle” as she helped to hold hundreds of kilos price of products into the van.
James and Mr Byam Shaw then drove to 2 homeless shelters in central London to ship the meals for his or her Christmas dinners.
The primary, Glass Door in Victoria, had its workers lined up exterior to greet the supply. Its founder mentioned that every one 44 beds within the hostel have been crammed on this particularly tough Christmas.
The Operations Supervisor at Glass Door mentioned: “Assist from The Felix Venture this winter has been invaluable. They’ve been our principal meals provider to our new hostel service throughout this era, offering over 6,000 meals to our company, which covers round 70 per cent of the overall meals wants inside this venture.”
“When an individual staying with Glass Door now not has to consider the place their subsequent meal is coming from, they will give attention to taking the sensible steps wanted to maneuver past homelessness.”
One of many charity’s founders, Bruce Marquart, mentioned: “We’re preventing two wars on the identical time. One in opposition to homelessness and one in opposition to this horrible virus.”
A visitor staying at Glass Door mentioned: “[The] meals is wonderful, tasty and recent. I really feel blessed having tonight’s meal in spite of the present pandemic restrictions. I’m nonetheless capable of get pleasure from this excellent meal.”
The England footballer then drove on to Look Forward hostel in Vauxhall, the place he handed over the remainder of the Christmas trimmings, truffles and recent greens – gratefully accepted by the hostel’s night time supervisor.
Justin Byam Shaw mentioned: “Simply 4 years in the past, we spent Christmas Eve driving throughout London in our solely Felix Venture van. Now we now have 27 vans and 1,000 volunteers driving throughout the entire of London redistributing surplus meals to those that badly want it.
“I’m very grateful to spokespeople like Reece James who assist us unfold the phrase that a lot nonetheless must be achieved and we’d like assist to do it. “
One other organisation that has donated an enormous quantity of recent meals to The Felix Venture and The Unbiased’s Christmas attraction is Lazeez Tapas.
The Mayfair Lebanese restaurant has supported the Felix Venture for 5 years, and final night time gave 500 meals of rice and vegetable curry to be distributed to the homeless, refugees and struggling households.
Its founder Emilio Malik mentioned: “We are able to all make a distinction if we attempt to make a change by offering meals to deal with the challenges we face in these tough occasions.”
Reece James mentioned: “It was nice to spend Christmas Eve volunteering with The Felix Venture and The Unbiased. This has been a tough 12 months and at Christmas I need to use my platform to assist those that have suffered most.”
“The grins I noticed on the faces of the charities’ purchasers on the recent meals from Fortnum’s made all of it price it.”