Soccer Legend Pledges Support to Adventist Community Project in UK
11 November 2020 | Retired professional soccer player, Luther Blissett (pictured above on the right), has announced he will support an Adventist community service center in Watford, England (a town just north of London). Blissett is a former player on England’s national soccer team as well as a number of clubs including Watford FC (football club).
Blissett made the pledge as a result of visiting the One Vision hub based at Stanborough Park Church on October 29. He was there to see what the center was doing to help local residents struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adventist UK News reported Blissett, now in his 60s, visited the church community aid center representing Watford FC’s Former Players Club. The group mobilizes former players of the club to gather resources for other past club players who may be struggling, while also helping the broader local community.
One Vision’s Councillor Rabi Martins asked Blissett if he could spread the message of One Vision’s work to others in the former player’s club. Blissett replied:
“I think the message has got to go to all of Watford. We’ve been saying all through this COVID thing we are a family, we are a community, and we are here to look after each other. So, let’s look after our neighbors. We’ve got to look after each other as best we can. So, donate! Whether it be financial, whether it be time or food or drink…and we can get it to wherever it’s needed.”
Blissett spent two days delivering meals and groceries in partnership with the Adventist center to those in need. He also agreed to become an ambassador for and patron of the center.
One Vision is currently providing more than 4,000 hot meals and around 900 grocery bags per week, delivered by volunteers to people in Watford and the nearby towns of St. Albans and Hemel Hempstead.
Image: Blisset (r) and a One Vision team member. Credit: Adventist UK News