Premier League players have joined forces to raise funds for the National Health Service (NHS) during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Players including Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson and Marcus Rashford have come together as part of an initiative called #PlayersTogether which has partnered with NHS Charities Together (NHSCT).
A statement from the group said: “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.”
The new initiative comes after a number of clubs came under fire for placing non-playing staff on the government’s furlough scheme.
Praising the scheme, Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted: “Warmly welcome this big-hearted decision from so many Premier League footballers to create #PlayersTogether to support NHS Charities. You are playing your part.”
— Jordan Henderson (@JHenderson) April 8, 2020