The Captains of the 20 teams in the English premier league have agreed to lunch a campaign to raise funds for NHS charities to help in the fight against coronavirus called #Playerstogether.
The initiative is headed by Liverpool Captain Jordan Henderson and it will be based on players’ contributions from each of the 20 teams in the premier league.
Captains and players of the various teams welcomed the initiative and also joined in creating awareness via Twitter.
— Harry Kane (@HKane) April 8, 2020
— Jordan Henderson (@JHenderson) April 8, 2020
The Twitter posts 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 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 organisation for over 150 registered NHS charities, working closely with the 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 of the NHS nationally.
“#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.
#PlayersTogether 🙌🏾 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 COVID19 crisis. @NHSCharities pic.twitter.com/S7LtJVcdzh
— Fernandinho (@fernandinho) April 8, 2020
“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”
The secretary of state for health and social care, Matt Hancock applauded the gesture taken by the players.
— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) April 8, 2020