Headed by Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, West Ham’s Mark Noble, Manchester United’s Harry Maguire and Watford’s Troy Deeney, the Premier League’s captains have banded together and on Wednesday announced a charitable fund for the National Health Service in England that includes players from every team in the league.
#PlayersTogether hopes to raise more than £4million towards helping hospitals and health services by joining up with the larger NHS Charities Together to distribute money where it’s needed most in the country.
Players are thought to be donating a fixed percentage of their weekly pay but there’s probably some wiggle room built in, taking into account the various situations of individuals. And some will certainly give more than the base level of support.
#PlayersTogether is a great response to the current hubbub and pressure for players to take pay cuts during the shutdown while much fatter cats and louder mouths do nothing.
Henderson will play modest at the suggestion that he set this little ball of goodness in motion, but we know.