WORLD champion boxer Josh Taylor has become an ambassador for his first charitable initiative.

Originally from Prestonpans but now living in Haddington, Josh is now an ambassador for East Lothian Sunday Fresh Chicken Dinner Boxes.

The project was set up in December 2019 by Prestonpans resident Jane Russell and is in the process of becoming a charity.

It delivers fresh food parcels, and occasionally other items, to those in need, with Jane aiming to help as many people as she can and reduce the stigma around asking for help.

It is not just Josh getting involved – his fiancée Danielle Murphy has become a trustee.

Josh has helped Jane’s dinner boxes project before; last year, he helped her and the Easter Bunny deliver Easter eggs to children in East Lothian and helped pack dinner kits back in May.

Josh and Danielle’s efforts continued over Christmas, when on December 23 they helped collect food supplies and pack the dinner kits ready for delivery. The packs were delivered on Christmas Eve.

Danielle has regularly volunteered and helped Jane, as well as occasionally volunteering alongside Josh; she has also helped with dropping off Christmas presents and with food shops.

Over Christmas, soup packs, Christmas Eve boxes, hampers and a three-course Christmas dinner were delivered to families.

The mammoth Christmas Eve delivery mission was made easier thanks to extra assistance from Santa Claus, two of his elves and a free van, which was organised by Pete Barrie.

In five hours, volunteers delivered Christmas dinners to help feed 1,567 people.

Jane said she was “delighted” to have Josh’s help, adding: “It was such a busy day, we are so grateful to Josh to take the time to help us.

“He gave up his time, rolled up his sleeves and got involved.

“We are so grateful to Josh for all his support to us last year. He really is a top guy, helping people in our community in times of need.”

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