The Premier League stars have finally kicked off the NHS fund set up by them.
It was Jordan Henderson who initiated the whole thing by setting up meetings with Premier League captains and coaches across 20 clubs. The plan was to start a fund from which money would go directly into the NHS.
It took some time to coordinate players and coaches from 20 different clubs. However, it was announced yesterday that the fund is now underway.
The looming fear amongst players was that their wage cuts would help fill up the pockets of the owners and clubs rather than see the money go towards the charities, where it is needed now.
So last night, hundreds of players posted on their social media that together with the NHSCT, they are now starting the NHS fund to send money where it is needed the most.
The statement read: “Over the course of the last week we, as a group of Premier League players, have held numerous talks together with the vision of creating a contribution fund that can be used to distribute money to where it’s needed most in this COVID-19 crisis; helping those fighting for us on the NHS frontline as well as other key areas of need.
“This is a critical time for our country and for our NHS, and we are determined to help in any way that we can.
“We can confirm that after extensive conversations between a huge number of players from all Premier League clubs we have created our own collective player initiative, #PlayersTogether, and have partnered with NHS Charities Together (NHSCT) in order to assist them in generating and distributing funds quickly and efficiently to where they are needed most.
“NHSCT is the national umbrella organization for over 150 registered NHS charities, working closely with Charity Commission, Department of Health and Social Care, and NHS England to represent, champion, and support the NHS’ official charities. NHSCT is the official charity partner of the NHS nationally.
“The contributions that this initiative will generate will help NHSCT quickly grant funds to the front line to support in a number of ways, including to help enhance the well-being of NHS staff, volunteers, and patients impacted by COVID-19 as well as helping them in their work supporting many other critical areas of need both now and in the longer term.
“#PlayersTogether is about us, as players, collaborating together to create a voluntary initiative, separate to any other club and league conversations, that can help get much-needed funds to those that need it right now. To try and help, along with so many others in the country, make a real difference.
“Our prayers and thoughts go out to everybody affected by this crisis. By sticking together, we will get through this.
“Stay Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives. #PlayersTogether.”