Report: Tottenham star shells out £15,000 to buy Christmas hampers for 300 families

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In a show of generosity, Tottenham Hotspur superstar Gareth Bale has brought Christmas cheer to 300 families by buying £50 Christmas hampers for each of them this year.

According to The Mirror, the Tottenham star made the donation worth £15,000 and also offered up one of his shirts to each of the families as a part of the South Wales Evening Post’s Everyone Deserves A Christmas appeal.

The appeal aims to offer families who would otherwise struggle to afford a festive dinner an opportunity to enjoy a hamper packed full of Christmas treats.

Carl and Janice Lewis, who both suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and are living on benefits, were among the thirty families who received the hampers.

Carl, 65, who resides in Waun Wen, Swansea, said on receiving the gift: “I really, really want to thank Gareth Bale, he’s doing a marvellous job – he doesn’t have to do anything.

“He cares about people who are struggling. He does not have to do it – they should have more people like him around.

“I am over the moon- he doesn’t know me, I don’t know him – he’s doing it for strangers. I can’t fault him, it’s brilliant.

“I do not go anywhere or do anything or drink – for someone to do that, I am over the moon. We would have just had the basics on Christmas Day. I will have to buy a can and give him a toast.

“We did not expect it at all, we are very thankful. It’s very hard at Christmas, so it’s a nice surprise going into the hamper and seeing what you can’t afford.”

This is just the latest show of generosity from Bale who handed over almost £1m to fund the fight against coronavirus in Wales and Spain earlier this year (The Guardian).

Back in April, the Welsh superstar decided to donate £500,000 to help NHS staff fighting the crisis in Cardiff and another €500,000 for the health service in Madrid, where he and his family lived for seven years.

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For all the negative stories that have been written about Bale over the past few years, particularly by the Spanish press about his alleged greed due to his bumper salary, this is a side of him that needs more coverage. The Welshman has always been quite grounded and was part of many charitable causes even during his first spell at Tottenham.

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