Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has announced that has become the first official NHS Charities Together ‘Champion’. It follows on from his work last spring when he launched #PlayersTogether to help support and raise money for the NHS in the fight against coronavirus.
The #PlayersTogether appeal generated funds to help those battling the pandemic on the NHS front-lines. Henderson will now take on a wider role with that will bring light to the work being done by various NHS charities and aims of longer term, as well as short-term, support.
“As part of being involved with NHS Charities Together I’ve heard first-hand from NHS staff about the challenges they face and how donations are making such a difference to them. As the charity’s official champion I’ll do what I can to shine a light on the amazing work NHS charities do to support the NHS,” Henderson explained in a video posted on Twitter.
“My relationship with NHS Charities Together began in April with the launch of the #PlayersTogether Covid-19 appeal and having family members who work for the NHS I know as well as anyone what impact the pandemic has had across the board. I was also extremely grateful to the NHS for the care they gave my dad last year when he was treated for cancer.”
The money that Henderson will help raise with NHS Charities Together will be distributed to various NHS charities all over the country, providing ‘whatever support will make the biggest difference for the staff, volunteers and patients.’
That could includes setting up ways for isolated patients to speak to loved ones, offering spaces for staff to rest during long shifts and providing psychological support. In the community, funds could help support hospices and community health and social care. There is also additional support for people disproportionately affect by coronavirus, including patients and staff from BAME communities and those living with disabilities.
Henderson went on to explain, “In the longer term the money raised will also fund programmes to help staff and families recover fully once the crisis has abated, reducing the long-term impact on them and the people they care about.”