Premier League stars confirm launch of fund to raise money for NHS amid coronavirus pandemic

Premier League stars have confirmed the launch of a fund to raise money for the NHS.

A host of top-flight players in England tweeted a picture of a statement with the caption ‘#PlayersTogether’ on Wednesday evening.

Jordan Henderson is believed to be the driving force behind the initiative
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Last week, health secretary Matt Hancock urged footballers to ‘play your part’ during the coronavirus outbreak by taking a pay cut to help the NHS.

Premier League footballers have partnered with NHS Charities Together (NHSCT) to generate funds quickly and efficiently.

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, #PlayersTogther, 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 organisation 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 are the official charity partner of the NHS nationally.

Give COVID-19 the red card

The quicker we work together to stop coronavirus spreading, the sooner we can get back into the pubs, the gyms and stadiums and arenas to see live sport again…

STAY AT HOME. Only leave for the following purposes:

  • to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
  • to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
  • for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary

For more info and tips, visit the NHS website.

The government has also issued further detail on what we can do during lockdown.

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

“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 we, 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.”

Liverpool captain Henderson is believed to have been a driving force behind the initiative.

The fund is expected to raise millions of pounds for the NHS and the fight against coronavirus.

Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville, who fiercely defended footballers in the wake of Hancock’s comments, tweeted his delight.

He said: “The players have spoken. Well done to you all. #playerstogether.”