Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth has accepted an invitation to become an ambassador for the One Can Trust food bank in High Wycombe, as the partnership between the football club and charity goes from strength to strength.
Following the launch of a food collection point for One Can Trust on home matchdays at Wanderers’ Adams Park stadium, the club answered an appeal for monetary support during the coronavirus pandemic, with Ainsworth kicking off an online fundraiser which generated over £5,500 for the charity, which has seen demand for its services more than double since lockdown.
The food bank has also benefitted from of a share of proceeds from the sale of light and dark blue quartered face masks by Wycombe Wanderers Trust, and of tiles on the Wanderer Wall which is to be installed at Adams Park, bearing the names of over 700 Chairboys fans from around the globe.
Ainsworth said: “During these challenging times it’s our duty to help those less fortunate and we as a club were more than happy to support One Can Trust in any way that we could. I was proud that so many of our fans, players and staff rallied together to raise such a great sum of money, and also to see some of our supporters staging food collection points in their local communities to help keep the food bank stocked up.
“It’s a privilege to be asked to become an ambassador for the charity and I’m honoured to accept. I’d like to thank our club chaplain, Benedict Musola, and director Trevor Stroud for helping to make the introduction between the club and food bank, and together we look forward to continuing the excellent work that’s already taken place over the coming weeks, months and years.”
One Can Trust Chair Graham Peart said: "We are absolutely honoured that Gareth is now our official ambassador. Together with the club he has already been an amazing support to and, with his clear community focus and understanding of local issues, we couldn't think of anyone better to take on this role. We are really looking forward to working with Gareth at this really important time and well into our future, as we continue to offer vital support to vulnerable local families."
Benedict and Trevor have continued to make deliveries of food parcels to local families, making use of the Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust minibus and sporting their quartered face masks.