Three Premier League players who have led by example during COVID-19 lockdown


The Manchester United forward who once relied on breakfast clubs and free school meals has helped raise £ 20million for a charity that provides free food to children.

Marcus Rashford showed he hasn’t forgotten his roots as the Red Devils’ forward teamed-up with charity FareShare during the coronavirus lockdown.

The 22-year-old forward originally aimed to raise £ 100,000 to help supply food to children who used to have free school meals but are currently unable to get them.

Rashford was able to reach that target in a matter of days and has since then raised an astronomical £20m for the charity. This means that the England international has helped FareShare supply free meals to 3million vulnerable people around the United Kingdom.

He has been lauded by all and sundry for his charity work, with the High Sherriff of Greater Manchester giving the 22-year-old a special recognition award for his charity work last week.

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The 22-year-old's stature has grown both on and off the pitch at his boyhood club this season (Image Copyright: imago images / PA Images xTimxGoodex 49350355)

Cedric Soares

He has donated essential equipment to a hospital in Portugal (Image Copyright: imago images / MB Media Solutions xStuartxMartinx)
Although the Southampton full-back isn’t as famous as the other two players mentioned in this article, his contributions in the times of the pandemic aren’t any less heart-warming.

Southampton full-back Cedric Soares, who is currently on loan at Arsenal, donated a list of supplies to a hospital in the city of Montinjo where he grew up in Portugal.

His heart-warming gesture was revealed by the hospital in a Facebook post. The staff spoke to the 28-year-old on a live chat and later posted a video in which they thanked him for a ‘big help’.

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Gepostet von Cédric Soares am Dienstag, 19. Mai 2020

The Southampton loanee has donated two arm puncture supports, four thermometers, a television, two cardiac monitors, a treatment table, a multifunctional car, two puncture benches, an emergency car, two break chairs, a hot water machine, three support chairs, fifty clogs and six desk chairs.

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Jordan Henderson

The Liverpool skipper who is on the cusp of leading the Reds to their first Premier League title in three decades has made his presence felt off the pitch as well.

Jordan Henderson encouraged his fellow Premier League club captains to come up with a Players Together initiative that has raised more than £4million for the NHS.

The Liverpool skipper instigated the initiative by suggesting that a portion of the players wages should go to help the NHS frontline staff at the heart of the pandemic.

Henderson didn’t stop at that as he then headed up an initiative titled #shirtsforheroes that encouraged every player from every top-flight club to donate a signed shirt.

The shirts, which would then be put up for auction on eBay, would require fans who want to enter the auction to pay £ 5 up front. All the funds that will be raised from the auction will go towards helping the National Health Service.

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