Nowadays David Beckham is viewed as Jack the Lad, as the good guy from down the street, but it wasn’t always that way.
Back in 1998, Englishmen were burning dolls dressed as Becks and fans would boo his every contact with the ball after he got sent off in the World Cup match against old rivals Argentina – a match England went on to lose on penalties.
With effort and stellar performances, David has managed to turn the UK public back on his side – and we all know that’s no mean feet.
In the following years, the 41-year old has further endeared himself to people with his charity work and kindness in general.
A week ago while driving through Kensington, Becks noticed an older lady had fallen over; he got out of his car and helped the woman.
A spokesperson for London Fire Brigade said: “At around 16.45, a fire engine was flagged down to an elderly woman who had tripped when crossing the road and fell and hit her head.
“David Beckham was parked nearby and had already given her a bottle of water. He assisted and when the ambulance arrived was thanked and told he could move on.”
This kind gesture reminded many people how last year Beckham spotted a paramedic helping an older patient and stopped to buy them some tea.
— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) February 1, 2016
Catherine, the paramedic, then said: “We were both very amused and flattered… All of a sudden, I looked up and saw someone who looked like David Beckham walking past us. He said hello and got in his car. I said to the man I was treating, ‘I think that was David Beckham’. 10 minutes later, he came back with a cup of coffee for me and a tea for the patient. It was awful cycling around in the cold today and I couldn’t believe it when he came back with some hot drinks – I was so chuffed.”
Becks and his wife run their very own Victoria and David Beckham Charitable Trust focusing mainly on providing disabled children with wheelchairs and other equipment. David has also been working as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for the past 12 years.
It seems like his 11-year-old son Cruz will be following in his parents’ footsteps, as he released a charity Chistmas single called ‘If Every Day Was Christmas’.
David proudly commented: “For us, we always want in our children, we always hope they’re listening to us or pay attention to us as parents, so we do a lot of work for charity such as obviously Unicef and my wife does charity work for the UN. And Cruz came to us and said ‘How about I do a Christmas song for charity? And all the proceeds go to charity.”
Towards the end of 2016 David also collaborated on a film raising awareness about violence against children. If you would like to find out more check out the #ENDviolence hashtag.
If you would like to donate to UNICEF, click here.