Sam Thompson's Charity Admission: "I Don't Do Enough"

Sam Thompson gears up for Soccer Aid with new insights.

by Nouman Rasool
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Sam Thompson's Charity Admission: "I Don't Do Enough"
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Reality TV ace Sam Thompson has said he feels much more charitable after his Soccer Aid experience. The 31-year-old, best known for chucking tantrums on Made In Chelsea, will take to the pitch with England at the weekend for the charity match in aid of UNICEF.

The game will be played at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge, with England playing against the Rest of the World. King of the Jungle on "I'm A Celebrity," Sam has been living the lifestyle of a footballer and soaking it all up. "I feel like a footballer," he enthuses.

"I am scoring a lot past Tony [Bellew] at the moment. It's like a first day at school, isn't it? I don't want people to find me annoying because many people do find me annoying!" He added with a smile. The good-natured rivalry even rubbed off on Roman Kemp, who is set to play for the World XI.

"I'm trying to get in Roman's head," Sam confessed. "Just, you know, give him a little chat. Under the breath now and then, saying, 'You're gonna miss that' He's doing the same to me."

Star-Studded Lineup

The charity match promises an impressive lineup of celebrities and former professional footballers.

This year, the team features sporting legends like Usain Bolt, Sir Mo Farah, Jermain Defoe, Jill Scott, David James, Gary Cahill, Joe Cole, and Karen Carney. This category includes cricketer Stuart Broad, "Strictly Come Dancing" star Bobby Brazier, and former Chelsea hero Eden Hazard.

England's management team includes Frank Lampard, Harry Redknapp, and Robbie Williams, while Mauricio Pochettino returns at the helm for the World XI. The target is to raise £100 million for UNICEF, supporting disadvantaged children globally.

Thompson explained that the group viewed some very emotional documentaries on UNICEF's work, which moved most of the participants. "Everyone was watching the film. They sent Tom Grennan, and Jill Scott out. It just makes you think, I need to do a lot more.

I just don't do enough, if I'm frank with myself," he admitted. "Some people are just so unlucky. It's not their fault. They're born into a completely different circumstances on a different side of the planet. And when you watch those films, Tom's was so powerful.

It makes me even more grateful." With Soccer Aid now in its bid to raise to £100 million, Sam and the celebrity team will undoubtedly be very excited to make a difference. The game of soccer that is about to happen is not just for sheer entertainment but also a fund-raising activity to support enormously the life-saving work of UNICEF worldwide.

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