Ben Whittaker supports Wolves Shoebox Appeal

Ben Whittaker supports Wolves Shoebox Appeal Image

Boxer Ben Whittaker has made a major contribution to Wolves Foundation to aid with the charity’s annual shoebox appeal.

Darlaston-born Whittaker’s donation, with the help of his sponsors S&R Construction, has enabled around 125 shoeboxes to be delivered to a number of community organisations across Wolverhampton.

The appeal, delivered by Wolves Foundation every December, aims to provide gifts and essential items to be distributed to families in need.

Whittaker gained national attention on the way to winning a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, famously stating ‘I want to become the Mayor of Wolverhampton’.

Since joining the pro ranks in 2022, the 26-year-old light-heavyweight remains undefeated after five fights, winning his latest bout earlier this month via fourth-round knockout.

Whittaker said: “I come from a place where my mum and dad both worked two jobs and Christmas wasn’t always the best. If you can brighten up someone’s day why not?

“I used to work here in the South Bank and now I’m in a position where I can come back and give back, especially in my area.”

Ryan Sankey, from S&R Construction, added: “Myself and everyone else at S&R are extremely happy to be supporting the Wolves Foundation.

“When Ben asked us if we wanted to help out we jumped at the chance. It’s great to see a campaign like this helping families in what can be a very tough time of year.”

“We look forward to doing more to support in the future.”

Wolves Foundation have already distributed over 500 shoeboxes to eight local charities and organisations, and are now able to provide even more gifts after Whittaker’s donation to the campaign.

Tom Warren, senior manager for projects at Wolves Foundation, added: “We were delighted when Ben got in touch with us about coming back to his roots to support the city through the Foundation.

“Christmas is a great time of year but can also be a difficult one for many. Thanks to Ben and his sponsors we’re now able to expand our support across the community over the festive period.

“It’s been a pleasure linking up someone who is clearly proud to be from Wolverhampton, and passionate about giving back too. We’re excited about the prospect of working together again in future.”

"Of course it’s so important to give back to the community and Wolverhampton as a whole. It's great to be here and to show our support."

Maximilian Kilman | Wolves Captain and Foundation Ambassador

"As a lifelong Wolves fan, to represent the Club and Foundation is something I'll cherish forever."

Daz James | Wolves Disability FC

"Without Wolves Foundation I wouldn't be here today, that's for certain."

John Martin | Head 4 Health participant

"It is amazing to be out there meeting people and having some fun. It is really important for Wolves to have this connection with the fans and to see the happiness in their faces."

Toti Gomes | Wolves Defender

"Savannah absolutely loves the group. The staff are committed to making every single session fun and welcoming."

Natasha | Healthy Goals parent

"It’s special because it's my club and I’m so proud to be from Wolves as well. I can see the projects and all the work Wolves Foundation are doing and I know it makes such an impact, so to even be a little part of that and to help out where I can – it's so exciting."

Amber Sandhu | Broadcaster and Foundation Ambassador

"It’s huge for the school, I can’t speak highly enough of Wolves Foundation and the opportunities that they give us."

Mr Robinson | Woodsetton School

“I think all football clubs should be the beating heart of their communities and Wolves, through the Foundation, manages to do that."

Johnny Phillips | Sky Sports Presenter and Foundation Ambassador

"We get loads of different opportunities with a Premier League club. I feel really privileged to be a part of it."

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Frank and Alison | Molineux Memories

"To come here and be hands on with the kids is unreal. Working with Wolves and the Foundation is a blessing and I'm honoured. It feels surreal sometimes but it's the best feeling."

S-X | Music Producer and Foundation Ambassador

"It's good to give back what you got. Football and the Wolves Foundation help me, so I like to help the community."

Taye | Premier League Kicks

"Wolves is a fantastic football club, and they’re excelling off the pitch as well with all the brilliant community work that the Foundation does. The passion of the coaches and the opportunities to play are amazing."

Jack Rutter | Former Great Britain Paralympian and Foundation Ambassador

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