Leeds United players make surprise donation to festive foodbank drive ahead of QPR collection

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Leeds United left-back Barry Douglas made a surprise visit to the Leeds South and East foodbank on Tuesday evening on behalf of the Whites squad.

The Leeds United Supporters’ Trust [LUST] have partnered up with two foodbanks for the festive period in a bid to provide food for those less fortunate over Christmas.

United fans have donated at the collection point outside the East Stand at Elland Road ahead of the last three home games but have now been joined by the Whites first-team squad in their contributions.

Douglas, who dropped off the food in a surprise visit, made the trip on behalf of his team-mates who contributed to the charity without the club's involvement.

LUST wrote on their official Twitter account: "So today Leeds fans foodbank had a surprise visit from Barry Douglas representing all the players who have clubbed together to buy food donations to kick-start our festive foodbank drive ahead of Saturday at Elland Road - this is one of two drop offs - thank you lads.

"We’re grateful to Barry for dropping off the food on behalf of the team who have all personally contributed - he wasn’t keen on the picture as they wanted to do it for the right reasons but we wanted to show our appreciation to the boys."

Leeds United's Barry Douglas.

Leeds United's Barry Douglas.

This weekend's Championship clash with Queens Park Rangers, which is United's last home game before Christmas, will see one last push for collections by fans with the Supporters' Trust taking donations from 12:30pm up until kick-off outside the East Stand by the Billy Bremner statue.

Whites fans have donated over 1800 meals to families across Leeds already but are aiming for one final push ahead of the festive period. Supporters can also make donations online here if they are unable to attend the match.

Last year alone the two foodbanks provided food for 18,563 people, consisting of 11,662 adults and 6,901 children across the city.

The foodbanks are running low on the following essential items:

• Dilute juice drinks

• Tins of fish / tomatoes / potatoes & vegetables

• Mash/Smash

• Custard

• Rice pudding

• Cereal

• Pasta sauce

• Long life fruit juice

• Coffee

• Toiletries and female hygiene products.

• In addition, fans can also make donations of festive products such as mince pies, advent calendars and Christmas cake