Motherwell striker Tony Watt has followed the example of Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford with a terrific gesture to a foodbank.
In recent months, the Manchester United inspiration has fought tirelessly for kids to be given free school meals in England.
He pushed the government into a summer U-turn as the vouchers were extended into the end of school holidays, currently fighting to have them extended across upcoming holidays.
It’s inspired many to make their pledges to related causes, Liverpool fans raising a six-figure sum for foodbanks whilst Leeds United players have pledged £25,000 to Rashford cause.
In Scottish football, Motherwell star Watt has made a vital contribution. He returned to action in the Well’s first game in a month, making direct contributions to each goal including one of his own and an assist during a 4-0 victory over Ross County.
But his efforts off the pitch will perhaps have the most impact. Watt, shortly after full-time, started a JustGiving page with an auction for his match-worn shirt against the Staggies.
It’s raised a brilliant £3,839 for a local foodbank. Figures released by Independent Food Aid Network detail that 183,000 food parcels were handed out by organisations across 20 Scottish authority areas.
From April 2019 to April this year the number of parcels distributed had increased by 141 per cent. Contributions like Watt’s are vital in spreading awareness and funds for foodbanks across Scotland.