Young Clapton FC fans have raised a magnificent £450 for a Stratford church’s food bank in its hour of need.
The Footy Ultras, a group of supporters aged from two to teenage, decided to step in to help St Paul’s after its stock was snatched by burglars.
The kids shook fundraising buckets at the Essex Senior League game against FC Romania on Saturday, with £457.62 raised.
A proud Footy Ultras volunteer said: “They painted some buckets and made a paper banner that said ‘raising money for Stratford food bank’.
“Then at half time they used the megaphone to explain to the crowd that the food bank had had stock stolen and that they wanted to help raise money for them.
“They told the crowd it was important to donate.”
In all, 683 fans turned up to the Old Spotted Dog but the home side lost 0-2.
The burglars are believed to have struck the church in Maryland Road, between 8pm on August 22 and 8am on August 23.
As well as Clapton fans, local MP Lyn Brown, a nursery, another food bank, a Muslim youth group and several businesses in East London have rallied to help.
Around £2500 has been raised online for the food bank while another £1,000 has been received in direct donations and another £500 of food handed in.
The Footy Ultras meet up for activities before every Saturday home game. Entry to games is £1 for under 16s. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The previous week, the fan group Brigata Italiana collected more than £400 from a bucket collection in support of the people affected by the earthquake in Italy.
Clapton fans regularly hold collections for the RAMP food bank at the Shalom Centre in Manor Park.