Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal stars help raise £100,000 in coronavirus battle

Arsenal star Hector Bellerin has joined forces with the likes of Chelsea youngster Reece James and Manchester United ace Aaron Wan-Bissaka in raising over £100,00 to help the vulnerable victims of the killer coronavirus disease.

The COVID-19 infection claimed another 103 lives in the UK on Thursday, taking the total loss of life from the pandemic on these shores to 578.

As NHS staff battle to save lives and companies switch from manufacturing vacuum cleaners to ventilators to help sufferers breathe, Premier League footballs are playing their own part.

A host of stars, including Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend, have put their rivalries aside and pitched in to raise funds for the National Emergencies Trust.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has helped in the bid to raise cash for the National Emergencies Trust.
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And they hope they’re just the first of many to support the most vulnerable – and are spreading the word via the hashtag #FootballUnited.

A joint statement on behalf of the players read: “Football has such a big role to play in communities and our clubs are a huge part of people’s lives.

“Without football, we want to put our rivalries aside and show togetherness at such a critical moment for the country.

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Hector Bellerin often devotes time to charity work off the pitch
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“These are uncertain times for communities, but as players we want to show some recognition for the incredible work that is being done for the most vulnerable.”

It continued: “There are so many people at home who are afraid, alone and without full-time care.

“With the nation’s help, we can show our support to the many volunteers and organisations who need funds to make sure vital food and medicine supplies will continue to be delivered during the crisis.

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