Jordan Henderson knows first-hand how important the National Health Service is, and is fully aware of how badly it has been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
So the Liverpool captain is eager to highlight the valuable fundraising work being done for the NHS, after becoming the first official NHS Charities Together Champion.
“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,” he told Liverpool’s official website.
“I was also extremely grateful to the NHS for the care they gave my dad last year when he was treated for cancer.
“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.”
The NHS frontline needs our support now more than ever so I’m honoured to be announced as the first NHS Charities Together Champion. 🌈 More info - https://t.co/gJo6YFAH0K @NHSCharities #NHSCharitiesTogether #NHS pic.twitter.com/FUloeVjupz— Jordan Henderson (@JHenderson) January 19, 2021
The money raised by NHS Charities Together helps to provide support for staff, volunteers and patients.
“That could include providing ways for isolated patients to speak to loved ones, a place to rest for staff working long hours and specialised psychological support for those struggling with stress, trauma and separation from their loved ones," Henderson explained.
"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.
“Stay safe, and I know it's not easy but try and stay positive through these difficult times - and remember, protect the NHS.”